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Woman faces attempted murder charge in meat cleaver attack

A woman was arraigned today on assault and attempted murder charges alleging she attacked the father of her children with a meat cleaver.

Julie Ann Marie Clement, 33, said little during a video arraignment in Jackson County Circuit Court, entering not guilty pleas to a grand jury's allegations she tried to kill the victim during a drunken fight involving a kitchen knife earlier this month. 

Clement had a blood-alcohol reading of .24 when sheriff's deputies responded to a call for assault with a weapon just after 9:20 p.m. at 6733 Pioneer Road Nov. 12. She allegedly admitted to sheriff's deputies that she "slit his throat" and had no remorse about it. 

The man suffered a four-inch cut to the throat after Clement swung the cleaver at him, forcing him to lean back in an unsuccessful attempt to dodge the blade, according to a document filed in the case by Jackson County sheriff's deputies. The victim reportedly refused medical treatment.

Clement had moved back into the home a month before the attack, and the couple's two 7-year-old children were home during the attack.

"Both children were well aware of what happened," a sheriff's deputy said in the court document.

Clement remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault, and misdemeanor counts of menacing and recklessly endangering another person. Her next court appearance is set for Dec. 5.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Julie Ann Marie Clement