Prosecutor Says He’s Close to Filing Indictment, Plea Offer in Fatal Stabbing Case

A prosecutor said he’s working towards an indictment and a plea offer in a murder case.

Olivia Cartwright-Cole is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 24-year-old Joel Midgett to death during the early hours of Oct. 16, 2015. According to court documents, Midgett was stabbed in the chest after a verbal dispute turned violent with rock-throwing and pepper spray. Another man was stabbed in the upper thigh but survived his injuries. Witnesses told detectives that Midgett and Cole had an intimate relationship for several years before breaking up. 

Cole, 31, was arrested in 2019 and is currently released under the High Intensity Supervision Program.

During the most recent hearing for this case on March 3, the prosecutor asked Judge Milton Lee for more time because they are close to having the indictment and plea offer ready. Judge Lee granted the request with no objection from the defense.

Parties are now scheduled to reconvene for a felony status conference on April 22.