R&B singer Keke Wyatt is facing up to 20 years in jail for allegedly stabbing her husband on Christmas Day.
Wyatt, who's enjoying radio prominence with her Avant-assisted single, "Nothing in This World," was indicted on one count of second-degree assault by a Shelby County Grand Jury in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on March 25, according to a circuit court spokesperson.
The charge stems from Wyatt's arrest, which occurred when police responded to a domestic violence call on December 25 and found Rahmat Morton with stab wounds on his chest, arms and hands. Doctors at the University of Louisville Hospital removed part of a steak knife from his back.
Police pressed charges against Wyatt, whose given name is Ketara. Morton, who is also Wyatt's manager, did not.
Though it may be a coincidence, sales of Wyatt's debut album, Soul Sista, increased after the singer's arrest. The LP, released November 13, first entered the Billboard albums chart at #60, dropped more than 40 places in its second week and plummeted to #190 the week before the alleged knifing occurred. The week after her arrest, the album bounced back by nearly 50 places and went on to peak at #33 by the end of February, with nearly 340,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. Although the album has slipped in recent weeks currently #90, with more than 412,000 copies sold news of her indictment could resuscitate the LP's chart life, if history repeats itself.
"Nothing in This World" follows Soul Sista's first single, "Used to Love."
A criminal indictment is not a determination of guilt, only that there is enough evidence to go to trial. Wyatt's next legal step is the arraignment a formal presentation of the charges to the defendant, who may then offer a plea which is scheduled for May 9.
Wyatt's attorney had no comment on the case. Her spokesperson at MCA Records did not respond to calls by press time.