DeKalb woman convicted of throwing hot grease in victim’s face

A fight between Nekia Carter and Sharell Henderson seemed over once onlookers broke it up and the two went back to their apartments. 

But soon after, authorities say Carter — with a pot of hot grease in one hand and bleach and a butcher knife in the other — hunted down Henderson. 

Once she found her in the crowd of people at an Oak Forest Apartments parking lot, Carter allegedly hurled the pot of hot grease at Henderson, leaving her with second- and third-degree burns on her face and scalp. 

On Wednesday, a jury convicted Carter, 25, of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the Oct. 2, 2016 attack in Scottdale, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Yvette Jones said in a news release. Carter was sentenced to 20 years with 10 to serve and the rest on probation. 

Carter initially told police she acted in self-defense, but arrest warrants were taken out after video surfaced of her leaving her apartment with the pot of grease and searching for the victim, according to the release. 

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Jones said the fight was about one of Henderson’s relatives. Further details on what led to the confrontation were not released. 

Emergency crews rushed Henderson, 21, to the hospital, where she remained for 11 days. In addition to the burns on her face and scalp, Henderson suffered first- and second-degree burns on her chest, arms and stomach. 

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