According to prosecutors, a Cleveland woman who allegedly killed another woman on Thanksgiving Day last year also continued to brag about committing the deadly crime on social media.
Katia Chappell28 years old, charged with aggravated murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, felony assault, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon for an incident that is believed to have occurred in the early morning hours of the 25th November 2021.
In that incident, two women were shot inside a car behind Target shortly before 2:30 a.m. on the holiday in question. One of those women, 23 years old, unnamed, survived, while aged 29 Dominique Johnson Can’t stand her injuries.
The defendant’s statement of alleged bragging behavior came during a trial as the defense and the state argued over whether Chappell should be released on bail. And if so, how tall should it be?
However, details of those alleged brags were not disclosed.
“Your honor, she has no records,” defense attorney Michael Peterson argued in a deal on Wednesday that was televised, in part, by CBS local affiliate WOIO. “She is four months pregnant. And she needs medical attention for that.”
Ultimately, the plea for $100,000 bail was not granted.
“She’s been on the run for over a month,” an attorney for the Cuyahoga District Attorney’s office argued in response – proving that, in the end, there was an upper hand. “She also posted on social media.”
Chappell actually tried to intervene at an open trial when state attorneys general brought up the charges on social media.
“Umm, can I,” interjected the defendant, “can I say something?”
Referee Kathleen Ann Sutula advised Chappell not to do so, on the basis that it would likely be used against her by the prosecution. The defendant then refused and followed the advice of the court.
The bond is set at $1 million as cash, bail, or property.
In the case Chappell was able to engage, the judge also determined that she must not have come into contact with her presumed living victim, or with family members of either of the alleged victims.
According to records reviewed by Law & Crime, the court also ordered Chappell to submit “a DNA sample collection procedure conducted by the chief of police within 24 hours.”
Chappell was arrested in early January after US Marshals and the Northern Ohio Violent Fleeing Task Force launched a week-long manhunt against her at the request of the Cleveland Police Department.
“The need to locate and arrest violent individuals like this is paramount to keeping our communities safe,” said US Sheriff Pete Elliott accused at the time of her arrest. “The fact that someone can carelessly take a life can never be overlooked. The diligent work of our officers and task force partners should be commended. Our hope is that the victim’s family can find some peace with this arrest.”
Earlier this month, Chappell was indicted on two counts of murder, one count of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, four counts of felony assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of carrying a concealed weapon private.
Her first appearance is currently slated for February 24, 2022.
[image via screengrab/WOIO]
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