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 On Sept. 9, in 41-B District Court, Crystal Kelly, 30, of Chicago, had her bond reduced. She is alleged to have stabbed her cousin.

On Sept. 9, in 41-B District Court, Crystal Kelly, 30, of Chicago, had her bond reduced. She is alleged to have stabbed her cousin.

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Macomb County stabbing suspect gets bond reduced in court

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 9, 2019


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An out-of-state woman accused of multiple crimes today had her $1 million bond reduced to $150,000.

On Sept. 9, in 41-B District Court, Crystal Kelly, 30, of Chicago, had her bond reduced at the request of her retained attorney, Thomas Spitzer. Judge Carrie Lynn Fuca presided over the matter.

Kelly, who was in Clinton Township for her aunt’s funeral, was arraigned Aug. 26 on felony counts of assault with intent to murder, fleeing and eluding police, and resisting and obstructing arrest.

The charges stem from an Aug. 24 after-party incident where, according to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Kelly and her cousin had reportedly got into an argument while she was driving him and other passengers in her white Hyundai Tucson at about 2 a.m.

Kelly allegedly stopped her vehicle in the middle of Hayes Road, near the Crosswinds Condominiums on Heatherheath Drive, bordering Clinton Township and Sterling Heights. She then allegedly stabbed her 31-year-old cousin twice in the neck with what Clinton Township Police later confirmed was a knife.

Kelly and the vehicle’s remaining passengers reportedly left the victim bleeding in the street.

Later, after getting into a reported car chase with authorities, Kelly was boxed in by police in the Sterling Heights High School parking lot. Officers had to use a baton to remove the suspect from the vehicle because she was reportedly obstructing arrest.

On Sept. 9, a handcuffed Kelly stood in front of Fuca and next to Spitzer, who had previously expressed disagreement towards his client’s original $1 million bond.

“Quite frankly, your bond is really crazy high,” Spitzer said to Fuca.

Spitzer explained that he has had contact with Kelly’s father, who retained Spitzer as legal counsel, “on a regular basis.”

He called Kelly a “very sincere woman” who “panicked,” adding that he thought her character was “good.” He said that prior to the altercation, Kelly was in the process of attempting to start her own mobile dog grooming business.

The victim was cited in police reports as having a blood-alcohol level of about .28, Spitzer said, saying that “the fella was causing some trouble.”

“(Kelly) was actually doing a favor by driving (the victim) home,” he said.

Fuca at first said the Department of Corrections recommended no override of Kelly’s original bond, citing police reports that Kelly “was ramming police cars, allegedly.”

“It’s the nature of the charge, quite frankly,” Fuca said.

Spitzer maintained the original bond was an “overreaction.” Fuca then reduced the bond to $150,000, adding that if the suspect posted bond, she would be required to have GPS tether and no contact with the victim’s family.

Patricia Rue, an aunt of the victim, was in the courtroom. Following the proceedings, Rue expressed anger as to how the bond was so heavily reduced.

“I’m pissed. I’m totally pissed,” Rue said outside the courtroom. “She almost killed him, she left him on the ground to die, to bleed to death … The way that (Spitzer) put her on a pedestal, there’s no way in the world she should have even gotten bond.”

The victim had his stitches removed two days earlier, Rue said, and was “scared to death” to leave his home or go back to work. Rue added that seeing Kelly in the courtroom was the first time she ever saw the suspect’s face.

Rue said that Spitzer’s mention of her nephew’s level of intoxication didn’t make sense because “they were all drunk” and that it had nothing to do with the stabbing.

“I hope (Kelly) gets life,” she continued. “I really hope she gets life. It’s not fair what they put that boy through. He’s not up here, he’s terrified. He don’t even wanna come out.”

At press time, Kelly’s next court date was not yet scheduled.