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Woman found not guilty by reason of insanity for allegedly attacking woman wearing fur

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 15:07:21-05

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A woman accused of stabbing a person for wearing faux fur boots in a Cleveland Heights church last year has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman, Meredith Lowell, was facing charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated burglary and burglary. She previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The incident happened at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Nov. 20, 2019.

According to authorities, Lowell walked into the church and allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times before children’s choir practice. When police responded to the church, the female victim was on the floor, surrounded by blood, holding the left side of her body. Lowell allegedly stabbed the woman because she was wearing fur boots. It was later reported that the boots were actually faux fur.

A church staff member and parishioner managed to subdue Lowell by pinning her to the ground. Officers said that they found a yellow kitchen knife next to Lowell.

Just hours before the attack, Lowell had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in a separate case for threatening a woman with a knife because she was wearing a fur coat.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Lowell is due back in court on March 9 for a civil commitment hearing.

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