Boyfriend says attempted murder suspect came to his defense

TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A woman is booked in Kern County jail on $575,000 bail on an open charge of attempted murder after she allegedly hit someone in the head with a wrench.

Savannah Nichole Cox, 27, also faces open charges of assault, battery and making threats. But, her boyfriend, John Gomez, told Eyewitness News on Saturday that she was only defending him from his drunk and belligerent brother.

Gomez said his brother attacked him Thursday night at their home on the 500 block of Naylor. He said Cox jumped in to defend him, but his brother attacked her, too. Gomez said that's when Cox grabbed the wrench and smacked the brother in the head.

Gomez said his brother was bleeding severely and had to be airlifted to Kern Medical Center.

Cox has been arrested numerous times going back to 2004, according to Kern County court records. She pleaded no contest last year to charges of battery on a peace officer and DUI and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.