Judge denies motion for woman who beat cousin with bat

Published 1:02 am Thursday, January 14, 2016

A woman who attacked her cousin in the head with a baseball bat in 2012 appeared before Circuit Judge Charles A. “Lex” Short Wednesday seeking to withdraw her guilty plea.

Short denied the motion, Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter said.

In December 2014, Bobbie Jean Carroll, 51, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault first. A Covington County grand jury indicted her on attempted murder charges in September 2012.

According to Star-News archives, Carroll was arrested by the Andalusia Police Department in April 2012 for first-degree assault of Penny Gail King.

Carroll’s charge was upgraded by the grand jury.

King was found semi-conscious, lying in the middle of Smith Street in Andalusia, according to the arrest affidavit.

King was taken to Andalusia Regional Hospital and was later airlifted to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, where she under went brain surgery and was put into a medically induced coma.

In March 2015, Presiding Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan sentenced Carroll to a 20-year split sentence. The split sentence meant she has to serve five years in prison and have a 15-year probationary period.