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Woman pleads not guilty to stabbing woman for wearing faux fur boots in Cleveland Heights church

Meredith Lowell has been charged for similar crimes in the past.
Credit: Cleveland Heights police

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The woman accused of stabbing another woman for wearing faux fur boots inside a Cleveland Heights church pleaded not guilty to the charges against her Friday.

Meredith Lowell, 35, was arrested last month following an incident inside Fairmount Presbyterian Church. According to witnesses, Lowell entered the main lobby of the church and approached the victim, who had just dropped off a group of children for choir practice. The victim said Lowell pushed her before walking away. That's when the victim realized she was bleeding and had been stabbed.

Witnesses wrestled a knife away from Lowell and kept her pinned to the floor until police arrived.

Lowell was arrested and charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. Her bond was issued at $250,000 in Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas Friday.

The victim suffered two wounds to the arm and one to the abdomen, but her injuries were not life-threatening.

Police say Lowell randomly targeted the victim for wearing fur boots, though the fur was not real. Lowell has been accused of similar crimes in the past, including in 2012 when she was charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone for wearing fur. She also has another felonious assault charge pending against her.

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