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Family upset about low bond for man accused of running over their loved one

Kenyona Vessel (Source: Family) Kenyona Vessel (Source: Family)
Michael Lewis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Michael Lewis (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

A family is outraged at what it calls a low bond for the person accused of trying to kill their loved one.

The family of Kenyona Vessel is upset that the man suspected of trying to kill her was able to get out of jail on a $100,000 bond. Relatives say that bond amount was too low when the extent of the woman's injuries are taken into consideration.

"This is something that somebody purposely did to her," said Karonda Rowley, a family member. "It's very, very hurtful and you try not to hate the person. You really want to forgive them, but it's very hard."

The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested Vessel's boyfriend, Michael Terrell Lewis, and charged him with attempted second-degree murder. Lewis has since bonded out of jail.

Police said the couple got into an argument while driving on Renoir Street and Vessel ended up outside of the jeep they were riding in. Investigators said Lewis purposely ran over her and drove off.

The incident shattered Vessel's leg and pelvic bone, according to police. Family members said the injuries were so severe that doctors had to amputate Vessel's leg at her mid-thigh.

"You did this to a human being," said Kelly Vessel, the victim's sister. "You have no heart. You have no soul."

Kenyona Vessel's sister added people can learn from what their family is having to go through.

"Love is not hurt, pain or being controlled. It's clean. It's blissful. It has its things, but it's not being ran over and left for dead like a dog in the streets," Kelly Vessel explained.

Lewis remains free and is awaiting trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

The family has set up an account at to help Kenyona Vessel with her recovery expenses.

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