Teacher accused of murdering ex-husband’s girlfriend has pending domestic violence charges

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HERRIMAN (ABC4 News)- The high school teacher accused of murdering her ex-husband’s girlfriend on Sunday had three pending domestic violence charges against her.

32-year-old Chelsea Cook is now behind bars, accused of shooting and killing 26-year-old Lisa Williams, but just a week and a half ago she appeared in court to answer for three domestic violence accusations.

Cook, a health teacher at Skyridge High School pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, presumably her two children, and one count of assault.

The details of the domestic violence charges were not available.

But police say a week and a half after her last arraignment Cook drove to her ex-husband’s apartment in Midvale to bring cold medicine to one of her children.

Once inside police reports state Cook locked herself in the bathroom and when she emerged she grabbed a gun and fatally shot Williams, her ex-husband’s girlfriend, in front of her two children.

She is scheduled to appear at a pre-trial conference in December to answer for those domestic violence charges but has not been formally charged for the shooting.

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