Local Woman Arrested In Theft From Fund For Teenage Shooting Victim

Kami Kay Sudduth (Jail photo)
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WACO (August 29, 2012)--An Axtell woman posted bond Wednesday and was released from the McLennan County Jail after she was arrested and charged in the theft of money intended for a benefit account that was set up to help pay the medical expenses of a teenager who was shot in the head.

Kami Kay Sudduth, 39, posted a $10,000 bond on a fraud charge and was released Wednesday morning.

McGregor police arrested Sudduth Tuesday.

The charge stems from the fraudulent endorsement of a $100 check written to the benefit fund for Kaci Grieger, 16, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

An arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday said Sudduth deposited the fraudulently endorsed check from the Hewitt VFW into her own account on March 19 at the First National Bank of McGregor.

The transaction was verified through a review of bank security video, the affidavit said.

Records obtained by News 10 show that Sudduth opened the benefit account for the teenager on Jan. 30.

The Axtell High School teenager was shot at a Hallsburg residence just two days before Christmas in 2011.

James Lee Saulters, 18, who authorities said was Grieger's boyfriend, was indicted in February for aggravated assault in the Dec. 23, 2011 shooting on Redfish Lane near Hallsburg.

The girl was flown to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and later was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Austin.

She returned to school this week.

Saulters was initially released on bond, but online jail records showed Wednesday he was in the McLennan County Jail and that bond had been revoked.

Both were Axtell High School students at the time of the shooting.