2nd woman arrested in alleged Walnut Mountain baseball bat beating

John Thompson • Apr 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A second woman has been arrested in a case of a woman who had been transported to a remote mountainous section of Carter County last year and beaten with baseball bats.

April Michelle Lowery, 29, 267 Buck Mountain Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested early Thursday morning when she turned herself in at the Carter County Sheriff's Department on an outstanding charge of aggravated assault.

In January, Doris Ann Calloway, 24, Newland, N.C. had turned herself in at the sheriff's department, also on an aggravated assault charge.

The arrests stem from an incident on Oct. 9, 2013, when an injured woman knocked on a door of a Walnut Mountain Road residence. The resident told deputies Heather Watson was standing at her door, pleading for help. Watson was clutching one of her arms and dragging one of her legs. She was not wearing shoes.

Watson said she had been driven further down the road by two women, where she was assaulted with baseball bats and a shovel. Watson was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment.

On Oct. 14, Sgt. Travis Ludlow interviewed Watson. He said she told him she had spent the night before her attack at Lowery's house. Calloway arrived at the residence and the three women left to go to the store. Watson said they drove her to a gravel road on Walnut Mountain, where they got her out of the vehicle and began assaulting her with baseball bats. She said they told her they were going to kill her. She said they also took her personal possessions and shoes.

Watson walked approximately two miles with no shoes and an injured leg after the other women left her.

Calloway made her initial appearance in Sessions Court on Jan. 27. Her case was continued to April 29. Lowery is scheduled to appear during the next session.

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