MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — We’re learning more about a young woman who was a witness to a gruesome murder in Midwest City. Violet Hemphill, 64, was stabbed and beaten to death inside her home along Holly Lane last week.
The victim’s nephew, Phillip Potts, is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the crime.
Police say Potts’ girlfriend, 22-year-old Cierra Steed, was in the home when Potts went on a deadly rampage.
A spokesperson at the Midwest City Police Department says they are still waiting for forensic evidence to come back from the lab in this case, but right now, it appears Steed is simply a witness to the crime that’s left a family in a lot of pain.
On her Facebook page Steed wrote, “This is surreal. I can’t believe you Potts. I pray for you miss Violet…I am unintentionally part of a horrible gruesome experience…”
In response to her friend’s questions about the post she writes, “This dude I was I guess sorta dating stabbed his aunt to death like two bedrooms away from me.”
A day later she writes, “why her, why me, why anybody? This gotta be a nightmare.”
Steed’s family tells us she is now at the Oklahoma County Crisis Center.
They also told us she has had substance abuse problems in the past.
That may help explain why Steed was behind bars two years ago after crawling through a McDonald’s drive through window.
There was reportedly a dispute over payment.
Steed also has a city warrant out for her arrest in Oklahoma City for larceny.
Police say she’s been completely cooperative with the investigation into Hemphill’s death.
Hemphill’s funeral is set for Friday.