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Woman charged with fatally assaulting customer is returned to Utah to face charges

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman accused of attacking a woman she didn’t know inside a Millcreek store earlier this year, ultimately causing fatal injuries, has been extradited back to Utah to face criminal charges

Cashell Kelly Carr, 45, is charged with homicide by assault and criminal mischief, both third-degree felonies. She was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Monday and is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court on Wednesday.

The incident occurred July 11 at Felt Lighting, 1220 E. 3300 South. Unified police were called on a report of an assault.

Employees told investigators that Carr entered the store pushing a wheelchair, and then laid down on a rug inside the front of the store. When employees attempted to help, Carr became unruly and walked over to the service counter where customer Kathryn Johansen Wells, 65, was standing, according to charging documents.

Carr shoved Wells, causing her to fall and break her pelvis in three places, the charges state. After that incident, Wells’ health “deteriorated significantly” because of her injuries and she died on July 31. An autopsy determined that “congestive heart failure exacerbation after a physical assault” was the main cause of death.

“Because the blunt force injuries sustained in the physical assault were the underlying cause of the exacerbation, the manner of death was determined to be homicide,” investigators wrote in the charges.

Carr’s husband told investigators that his wife “is a bipolar/manic and had recently been hospitalized for mental health issues,” according to court documents.

But family members say they also had concerns about the husband and some of his beliefs, according to two recently unsealed search warrant affidavits that give insight into the Carr family’s mindset at the time police were looking for Cashell Carr.

A no bail warrant was issued for Carr’s arrest after charges were filed and the U.S. marshals began looking for her.

According to the warrants that were served in an effort to find Carr, investigators noted that Carr’s husband, a clinical social worker, abruptly left his job in September and moved with Carr and their five children to California.

The husband “is a self-proclaimed prophet of God and believes that the world is rapidly coming to an end and will come to an end any day and Cashell supports him with this belief,” the warrant states.

In October, the Carrs moved to Florida, and were last believed to be in Georgia, according to investigators.

“They wanted to be near the coast when the world ended. They are also living in and out of their family car and various hotels,” according to the warrant.

In November, after not hearing from the Carrs for a month, family members were able to reach Cashell Carr by calling one of her children. The family informed her that a family member had passed away, to which Carr replied, “It’s OK, we will be in heaven soon,” the warrant states.

Cashell Carter was located and taken into custody on Nov. 10 in Tennessee. Unified police say Tennessee’s child protective services was called at that time, but it was unknown Tuesday whether any action was taken.