25-year-old allegedly ran over pregnant woman
JACKSONVILLE–An Athens woman is currently in Henderson County Jail, charged with the murder of an unborn child after she allegedly ran over a pregnant woman in February.
Keiuna Roshell Paul, 25, originally faced aggravated assault charges but was recently arrested June 10 in Athens after those charges were upgraded and a Cherokee County grand jury indicted her.
Under Texas law, a murder charge can be filed for the death of an unborn child. Texas is one of just 29 states that allow for charges from the moment of conception until birth.
The incident occurred Feb. 16 when Paul allegedly backed into Lynnqusha Menefee in a Whataburger parking lot in Jacksonville, pinning Menefee between two vehicles.
According to the police report, Paul and Menefee had previously known each other and witnesses told investigators that Paul disliked Menefee.
Both women were at a party in Jacksonville when Menefee left for Whataburger with Paul following behind her. As Menefee was gathering money in the parking lot, she noticed a car enter the lot, not recognizing Paul until she exited her car. Witnesses say that Paul then backed up her car, pinning Menefee against another vehicle.
Menefee suffered two broken legs and required surgery on her pelvis from the incident. She also was four weeks pregnant at the time and lost her unborn child.
Officers responded to the scene at 2:25 a.m. After being escorted by officers to the back of their squad car, Paul admitted she had been drinking.
Officials determined that Paul “was intoxicated by not having the normal use of her mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, or a combination of the two or more of those substances and any other substance into the body, and to have been operating a motor vehicle in a public place.”
Paul previously plead guilty and received probation for retail theft in Jacksonville in 2013.
Paul is currently in Henderson County Jail with bond set at $100,000 for the murder charge and $20,000 for the aggravated assault charge.