SALT LAKE CITY — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for a woman and her boyfriend accused of beating the woman's mother and stepfather with a sledgehammer and crowbar and then stealing a large bag of money.
Samantha Lee Harward, 27, of Santaquin, and Kelvin Edward Tate, 28, of Lehi, were charged last month in 3rd District Court with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; two counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony; and theft, a second-degree felony.
Early on the morning of Oct. 15, police were called to a domestic violence situation at the Salt Lake home of Harward's mother and stepfather. Harward got into an argument with her stepfather and he told her to leave, according to charging documents. Tate came to the house to pick Harward up and an officer told them both to leave.
Police believe Harward had slashed the tires of her stepfather's vehicle to try and create a distraction so she could steal money from the house, charging documents state.
About three hours later, Salt Lake police were called back to the house near 1400 West and 800 South, where they found the mother and stepfather critically injured and covered in blood, "each with multiple head injuries," according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed this week.
Investigators say Harward and Tate had returned to the house, unscrewed the back porch light so it was dark, and then pounded on the door until the stepfather went outside. When the stepfather stuck his head out of the door, "Tate was standing on the side of the house and struck (him) with a sledgehammer," the charges state.
The stepfather was struck multiple times while he was on the ground. The mother attempted to get between Tate and her husband, but was then hit on the head with a crowbar, the charges states.
After he was arrested at his home in Lehi, Tate told police he hit the stepfather twice with a hammer and Harward struck both her mother and stepfather with a crowbar multiple times, according to the charges.
The two then allegedly grabbed what was described as a large bag of money and fled. Harward was found at a hotel in Lehi and taken into custody.1 comment on this story
Bail for each defendant was set at $250,000. A special setting hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29. The Criminal Justice Services Jail Screening Unit recommended in late October that Harward not be released from jail pending trial. Tate posted bond on Monday, according to court records.
The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org. The statewide child abuse and neglect hotline is 855-323-DCFS (3237).