A woman who police said attacked her former lover with a hammer in Killeen pleaded guilty to felony assault charges Monday morning.

Vivian Ann Watkins pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Bell County’s 27th District Court in connection with the Aug. 30 attack.

According to an arrest affidavit, the incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 5900 block of Medina Drive. The victim, a male, heard the sound of glass breaking, and went to investigate. He was armed with a handgun. Outside, the man saw a woman wearing black pants, a dark shirt and a baseball cap scratching his vehicle with a hammer.

The woman, later identified as Watkins, saw the man and charged. As the man attempted to shoot her, the weapon misfired. Watkins struck him in the face and left, the affidavit stated.

The man told police he and Watkins were former lovers. Watkins was arrested later, after police stopped a vehicle and found Watkins in the passenger seat. Her hand was injured, the affidavit stated.

Watkins was indicted in October. Jail records show she was booked in Bell County Jail on Aug. 31 and was released Nov. 24 on a $10,000 bond. Watkins’ sentencing is slated for March 20. She could face up to 20 years in prison.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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