Kendra E. Brown, 21, was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida for aggravated battery. According to news reports, Brown, who also goes by the alias “Reshanta Mannings”, is accused of running her boyfriend’s lover over with her car. For her actions, Brown is being held on $250,000 bail at the Palm Beach County Jail.
According to the arrest report, deputies responded to a call in suburban West Palm Beach where they found a woman trapped underneath Brown’s vehicle.
During questioning, Brown allegedly stated that she had seen her boyfriend, Lorenzo Williams, driving someone else’s car and decided to tail him.
Williams drove to the residence of his 36-year-old lover. Brown and the other woman got into an argument and the fight became physical.
According to the report, the unidentified woman hit Brown with a bottle of vodka. When the woman turned around to go inside her home, Brown got inside of her car and allegedly ran the woman over.
The police report alleges that Brown acknowledged he had several chances to withdraw from contact with the other woman.
Being charged with aggravated battery may result in extensive penalties including time in prison. Under Florida law, aggravated battery is second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. To make matters worse, prosecutors often times up file car-run-over cases to attempted murder, which is a 1st degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
However, deciding whether someone’s actions actually constitute the crime of aggravated battery versus attempted murder can be difficult difficult.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I can tell you this case will sink or swim for Brown based on the details and admissibility of her supposed statement to police.
First of all, was the statement given while she was in custody? If so, police investigators had a duty to advise Brown of her right to remain silent and her right to counsel. If they failed to do this, any statements made by Brown during custodial interrogation may be inadmissible in court.
Second, was Brown’s statement to police recorded? If not, are there any eye witnesses that heard her? Is it one police officer’s word against Brown’s? Is it any surprise that police would claim Brown made an unrecorded statement that seals her guilt and destroys any chance of a winning defense at trial?
Ultimately, Brown is facing a very serious case. Whenever a love triangle is involved, you can bet that the victim is going to want blood. That means this case will likely end up in trial.
It would be a good idea for Brown to hire the best criminal defense lawyer she can find. It would be smart to hire a criminal defense lawyer who has extensive experience trying crimes of violence and cases that involve love triangles, such as domestic violence cases.
As serious as these charges are, it is important to remember that they are merely allegations at this point in time and that Brown is innocent until proven guilty.