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Bond denied for woman accused in stabbing at Myrtle Beach Dunkin Donuts

Nikema Cheatham
Nikema Cheatham(MBPD)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 3:57 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 4:29 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The woman accused of a stabbing at a Myrtle Beach Dunkin Donuts was denied bond Wednesday.

Nikema Cheatham appeared in court a day after the incident on 30th Avenue North. The Myrtle Beach Police Department says one person was hurt in that stabbing.

The victim’s family was in attendance for Wednesday’s hearing, stating the victim is “a very well-loved part of our community.” Her family also says she’s still recovering in the hospital.

“The fact that this crime was committed and she’s in the shape she’s in, I would not feel comfortable seeing this woman [Cheatham] on the street,” one family member said.

Judge J. Scott Long also referenced an affidavit in the case, which claims video footage shows Cheatham walking up to the victim and stabbing her in the neck over 15 times. MBPD detectives also recommended denying bond for Cheatham, based on evidence collected so far in the case.

Cheatham was denied bond on a charge of attempted murder, while surety bonds were set on a weapons possession charge as well as a separate charge of public exposure.

Prior to Long’s decision, Cheatham told the judge she “has been fighting demons for a long time” and also claimed she was defending herself.

Cheatham is due back in court for an initial appearance on Oct. 1.

She’s being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where she was booked Wednesday night.

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