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July 4, 2014

Couple charged in domestic assault

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

A Laurel County couple were jailed Sunday night following a domestic dispute that included one of them being stabbed by the other.

Willie Cornett Jr., 67, and 46-year-old Beverly Ellis, both of Edgewater Road in Corbin, 14 miles south of London, were taken into custody by Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Morris and Deputy Larry Parrott and Kentucky State Police Trooper Chris Roberts around 10:14 p.m. after arriving at the scene where they found Ellis covered in blood. 

Ellis advised that she and Cornett had an altercation after Cornett began drinking and stabbed her in the leg with a pair of pruning shears. According to Ellis, Cornett continued to beat her with his fists and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her. 

It was determined that Ellis suffered a fractured left arm and several lacerations on her face, and she was transported to Baptist Healthcare Corbin by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County. 

Cornett’s story differed from Ellis’s, with him stating that Ellis hit him and they both struck one another until he called 9-1-1 for help. Cornett was taken to Saint Joseph London for treatment of his injuries.

After being released from the hospital, Cornett was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication. He was arraigned in Laurel District Court on Monday and held under $10,000 cash bond, ordered to have no contact with Ellis, and set for a preliminary hearing on July 8.

Ellis was also arrested after her release from the hospital, charged with fourth-degree assault, domestic violence, minor injury and alcohol intoxication. She is scheduled for a pretrial conference in Laurel District Court on July 29 and is held under a $1,000 surety bond.

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