Cheerleader's Mom Accused in Coach Attack

A Oklahoma City mother and another woman are facing charges of conspiracy and assault in an alleged attack on a high school cheerleading coach who she thought was picking on her daughter, police said.

Julie Ann Bell, 39, was charged Friday along with Leshawn Fisher, 36, with conspiracy and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in an alleged attack on Putnam City North science teacher and cheerleading coach Bethany Lorenz in the school parking lot on April 18.

If convicted, the two women could face up to 10 years in prison on each count and up to $5,000 in fines.

Bell and Fisher are friends and were both in a Putnam City North High School parking lot weeks before the attack, according to information in a probable cause affidavit.

Bell allegedly pointed out the coach to Fisher and told her she was angry with Lorenz because she was supposedly picking on her daughter, who is a cheerleader at the high school.

Fisher turned herself in to police last month and was arrested on suspicion of attacking Lorenz in the parking lot. She was released on $5,000 bail.

Police said Lorenz was getting into her car when Fisher flagged her down.

According to the police report, Fisher approached Lorenz as she was getting into her car and started asking her questions about the cheerleading squad.

Lorenz was was already in her car when Fisher asked her to look at something, pointing to her right, and then allegedly attacked her, according to the police report.

"And then when I turned my head in the direction that she asked me to look at something, I got stunned in the neck. She attacked me," Lorenz said.

Police said Fisher used a stun gun on Lorenz's neck.

"I rolled up her arm in the window, and I laid on my horn. When I laid on my horn, she freaked out, and she started to disentangle herself and ran away," Lorenz said.

Lorenz said that after Fisher ran away following the alleged attack she started to drive after the woman, but then decided it would be better to stop and call police.

At the time, Lorenz told ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City that she was not sure whether the attack was random or premeditated.

"I don't know if she was coming for me or not. I don't know. What I do know is that it's awful, and I hope they find her," she said shortly after the incident.

An attorney for Bell attorney told KOCO-TV she had nothing to do with the alleged attack.

ABC News' Dean Schabner, ABC affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, Okla., and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4878983. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4878983. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4878983. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4878983.
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...