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Minutes before she was to go on trial, a woman accused of slicing another with a box cutter over a man pleaded guilty Tuesday.
Tacarra Tkeyehia Gant, 23, was accused of attacking Amber Crowder in a dispute over mutual lover Tykey Bellamy, authorities said.
Gant pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after attorneys spent much of the day Monday choosing a jury for her trial. Opening arguments were to begin Tuesday morning when Gant decided to plea before Judge Bobby Peters, who has not set a sentencing date.
During the plea hearing, Crowder testified she had been with Bellamy for 10 years, sharing four children, when he started seeing Gant. Gant afterward began to stalk her, following her and sending her text messages, Crowder said.
“I was targeted. I was harassed,” she said. “It was a lot to take on.”
Gant followed her on car trips, and at one point tried to hit her car, she said: “I felt violated because she came to my house…. I would always look up into my rearview mirror, and she would be there.”
On Oct. 19, 2015, Crowder and Bellamy left their Bedford Avenue residence to go shopping, but soon noticed Gant was following them, so they turned around and went back home, Crowder said.
When they arrived, Bellamy and her brother took the children inside as Crowder confronted Gant in the driveway, where a fight began.
Crowder said she did not realize she had been cut until the men shouted for them to stop, then pulled the two apart. She was cut on her bicep and neck, and had a puncture wound to her chest, she said.
She called 911, then went inside, got a knife, and punctured a front tire on Gant’s car, trying to keep her from leaving before the police arrived, she said. Still Gant drove away with a flat tire, Crowder said.
An ambulance took Crowder to the hospital, where doctors stitched her arm and used surgical glue to close the neck wound. Medicaid covered her medical expenses, but for two weeks she was unable to work as a bartender and server, losing about $2,000 in income, she said.
Gant’s attorney, William Kendrick, told Peters his client was entering a “best-interest” plea, and not admitting to the assault. Gant now lives in Atlanta, he said.
Georgia law sets the penalty for aggravated assault at one to 20 years in prison.