Fort Worth woman accused of running over husband

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A 44-year-old woman was in jail Thursday, accused of running over her husband multiple times outside the couple’s Fort Worth home.

Police were dispatched to the 7600 block of Willis Avenue shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a major accident.

Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman, said witnesses told officers that they saw Kenneth Lanier run to a 1994 Mercury that his wife was backing out of the home’s driveway.

“He ran out in the street and tried to open the door while the car was backing up,” Peel said. “She accelerated quickly. This caused him to fall underneath the car and he was run over by the vehicle.”

Witnesses told police that Lanier’s wife, Dorothy Fountain Lanier, ran over her husband two to three times, Peel said.

When officers arrived, Kenneth Lanier was being treated by Fort Worth firefighters, lying on the ground and bleeding from the back of his head. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, treated for his injuries, and later released.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Dorothy Lanier was arrested by officers on suspicion of attempted murder. She was booked into the Mansfield jail with bail set at $50,000.

Dorothy Lanier’s mother, Charlsie Blocker, said the family had posted bond and was still waiting for her daughter to be released Thursday afternoon.

“This has been horrible, especially just before Mother’s Day,” Blocker said.

Blocker said her daughter, a hair dresser, had been working Wednesday afternoon at Blocker’s hair salon in Mineral Wells just before the incident occurred.

“This happened within about 45 minutes or an hour after she left here,” Blocker said “I have no idea what happened. She’s not violent at all. She doesn’t have a violent nature.”

Blocker said everything had seemed fine with the couple Wednesday afternoon.

“They were talking on the phone and saying honey and darling,” Blocker said. “I really don’t know what happened.”

Tarrant County records show no previous convictions for Dorothy Lanier.

Her husband, the court records show, has multiple previous arrests for assaults, many involving women.

In 2007, Kenneth Lanier was charged with two cases of assault with bodily injury, stemming from accusations that he assaulted a former wife and another woman at a River Oaks residence that September The chargers were dropped in April 2008 at the prosecutor’s discretion, court records show.

In 2010, he was charged with assault with bodily injury stemming from a June 27, 2010 incident involving a 43-year-old woman who had been living with the Laniers.

The woman told police that she had stepped between Kenneth and Dorothy Lanier after the couple became involved in a heated argument, telling Kenneth Lanier that he should not talk to his wife so disrespectfully.

She said Kenneth Lanier then pushed her, causing her to fall to the floor and hit the back of her head. When she got up, she said he head-butted her in the nose, causing a small cut, according to the police report.

Kenneth Lanier told officers that his wife had become upset with him because he had followed another vehicle on Jacksboro Highway that had been harassing other motorists. He said the argument had continued when they arrived home and that he shoved the roommate because he had believed she was about to hit him when she stepped in between the couple. He said the roommate then got up and shoved him, prompting him to head butt her.

The roommate was taken to the hospital while Kenneth Lanier went to jail.

He was convicted of the lesser charge of assault by contact in September 2011 and fined $271, court records show.

In November 2010, Kenneth Lanier was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on accusations he cut another man with a knife. In August 2011, he plead guilty to the lesser included offense of assault with bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two days in jail, records show.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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