BATTLE CREEK (WWJ/AP) – A woman accused of stabbing the father of singer Mary J. Blige has been arraigned on a charge of attempted murder.
A judge set $500,000 bond Friday for Cheryl White of Battle Creek. Police say she stabbed 63-year-old Thomas Blige in the neck Thursday outside his Battle Creek apartment. He’s in critical condition at a Kalamazoo hospital.
Police say Blige was attacked while confronting White, who was deflating his vehicle tires. Paramedics later found Blige inside his apartment, on the floor in a pool of blood. A broken kitchen knife was also found nearby. Blige, who was conscious, was able to tell police that White attacked him. When she was arrested, White was still wearing blood splattered clothes.
Defense attorney Jeff Schroder says self-defense will be White’s likely defense in the case. He tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that White and Blige had dated for five years.
White is due back in court for a preliminary exam on Feb. 7.
Mary Blige is a Grammy award winner whose hits include “Real Love,” “No More Drama” and “Family Affair.”
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