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Maynard woman faces attempted murder charge in stabbing at campground near Elbow Lake

ELBOW LAKE — A Maynard woman is charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend 13 times while they were camping Saturday on Pomme de Terre Lake near Elbow Lake.

Carly Ann Lacey, 31, is currently in custody with bail set at $500,000 unconditional, and $250,000 with conditions, according to information from Grant County Sheriff Dwight Walvatne and County Attorney Justin Anderson. She made her first court appearance Tuesday in District Court in Elbow Lake.

Her boyfriend, Keith Peterson, 36, of Maynard, was reported in stable condition at the Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D., where he underwent surgery for the wounds. He had been stabbed in the neck, the back, the arm and the abdomen, according to the criminal complaint.

The two were camping in a relatively remote tent site at the Tipsinah Mounds Campground when the incident occurred around 12:52 a.m. Saturday. According to the complaint, the two had been drinking heavily and got into an argument. Peterson told law officers that Lacey started swinging at him and he fell on top of her, and discovered he was bleeding.

He got away from her but she continued to pursue him as he swatted his arms.

He suffered 13 stab sounds, including a nearly two-inch long cut to his neck close to his carotid artery.

Sheriff Walvatne credits the help of a nurse and four of her fellow campers with very likely saving Peterson’s life by coming to his aid after hearing his calls for help. Lacey and Peterson were in a campsite away from most other campers, but the five people heard his calls and decided to go to his aid as a group, said the sheriff.

Peterson was bleeding profusely and the nurse and her fellow rescuers took action to slow the bleeding until emergency personnel could arrive.

Law officers responding to the scene found Lacey in the woods near the site, and took her into custody. Investigators also collected as evidence a flat, black knife found in the glove compartment of a pickup truck at the site registered to Lacey.

Peterson told authorities he had tried to call 911 for help, but that Lacey had knocked the phone from him. He started screaming and Lacey fled into the woods, the complaint states. He found his phone and called 911.

Lacey had a 0.264 percent blood alcohol level shortly after her arrest, according to court documents, which is more than three times the limit for drunken driving.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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