Woman charged with attempted murder after smothering boyfriend with pillow

Published 5:41 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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A Nicholasville woman was charged with attempting to kill her boyfriend with a pillow Tuesday, while the boyfriend was arrested for allegedly strangling and assaulting her.

Charles Hampton, 50, and Karen Enfinger, 53, were both arrested Dec. 15 at their residence on Stephens Drive.

On Monday, Enfinger waived her attempted murder charge to the grand jury for further consideration, according to court officials. Hampton, who is charged with second-degree assault and first-degree strangulation, saw his preliminary hearing continued until Jan. 4, 2021.

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A preliminary hearing is used to determine whether there is probable cause to support a felony charge.

Nicholasville Police Sgt. Kevin Grimes said officers were called to the residence around 10 a.m. Dec. 15 for a domestic violence assault.

When they arrived, they found Hampton lying in the doorway and Enfinger sitting on the couch.

According to the citations, Enfinger admitted to trying to smother Hampton with a pillow after he assaulted her.

Both had been drinking when the argument began Monday night. Enfinger said the argument became physical and Hampton grabbed her around her neck and choked her until she lost consciousness.

Enfinger told officers she started thinking about killing Hampton after the assault. She said she spent 45 minutes sitting on the couch and thinking about it. Then she went into the bedroom where Hampton was, took a pillow, placed it over his face and sat on top of it.

Police said Enfinger had a small laceration on her left arm and a small cut on her chin.

Both were lodged in the Jessamine County Detention Center.