Lufkin woman accused of using fake flower, knife in attacking ex

Nelda Bothwell (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Nelda Bothwell (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Lufkin woman accused of smothering her ex-boyfriend with a fake flower and cutting him with a pocketknife last week.

Nelda Lorraine Bothwell, 60, is charged with second-degree aggravated assault.

According to an arrest affidavit, a man reported he was sleeping in his home in the 200 block of Benton Drive on Oct. 3 when his ex-girlfriend Bothwell came inside and used a fake flower to smother it across his face. The man said he woke up and began trying to separate himself from her. That is when he said Bothwell pulled a pocketknife out and cut him seven times on his arms, hands, wrist and back.

The man said they were superficial cuts, but that they did hurt.

The detective spoke with Bothwell and reported she admitted to the crime and said she did it because the man had ignored her text messages and calls and she had reason to believe he had been cheating on her and/or lying to her.

The detective obtained an arrest warrant on Wednesday and Bothwell was arrested on Thursday. She has posted a $10,000 bond.

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