Laramie Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Stabbing Charge
A woman accused of stabbing another woman in what the victim claimed was a crime of racial bias denied the stabbing charge Tuesday in Albany County District Court.
Sidney Payton King, 21, pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated assault. If convicted, she could spend up to 10 years in prison and have to pay a $10,000 fine.
Judge Jeffrey Donnell set King's trial for Jan. 10-12. King remains free on bond.
King was arrested after Laramie police officers investigated a fight reported in the area of 7th and Mitchell at 3 a.m. July 10. Court documents say a responding officer found the victim with stab wounds to her inner right wrist and left forearm.
That officer reportedly applied tourniquets to both of the victim's arms to stop the bleeding before an ambulance took the victim to Ivinson Memorial Hospital, where an ER doctor told police the stab sound to the victim's right wrist cut into an artery and was life-threatening. The victim also had a stab wound to her stomach.
Two witnesses reportedly told police they were with the victim when King and two men got into a fight with the group. They said the victim was stabbed during the fight.
King reportedly admitted to as much in a police interview, allegedly saying she had a three- to four-inch knife on her during the fight and stabbed the victim twice. Police found King by using her South Dakota drivers license left at the scene, which officers reportedly found with blood on it.
The victim later alleged in a Facebook post that the attack was racially motivated. Laramie Police continue to investigate and have not concluded whether racial bias was involved.
In court Tuesday, Donnell gave King permission to attend a wedding in another Wyoming county -- her bond conditions prevent her from leaving Albany County without the court's permission. However, Donnell cautioned King against consuming any of the alcohol that will likely be available.
"If you violate any bond conditions, you're going to sit through Christmas in jail," Donnell said.