Florida rape victim is accused of trying to run over her attacker, but killing the wrong man
HENRY COUNTY, Florida – Amber Lee, 21, allegedly used her car to run down her attacker. But authorities say she hit the wrong guy.
Speaking out for the first time since that night, Lee claimed the death was just an accident and she wasnâ€™t intentionally trying to run anyone over.
â€œIâ€™m not a murderer,â€ Lee said. She recalls the events from earlier that night, when she was attacked and raped while she and her boyfriend were out trying to sell their CD player. Her attacker pulled her behind a building, she said.
â€œI thought I was gonna die,â€ she said. â€œI didnâ€™t know he was gonna do that until he told me to get on my knees.â€
Lee says she begged and pleaded for the man to let her go, thinking the whole time about her young daughter at home.
But the night just got worse.
â€œWe were just trying to get outta there. We tried to go around one man in the middle of the road.â€ Thatâ€™s when, according to the Highway Patrol, Lee ran over Timothy Baulkman, 32.
â€œIt just ended up happening. It happened so fast.â€
Deputies argue that Lee thought the man was her rapist, and mowed him down on purpose. Sheâ€™s now in jail, held on preliminary murder charges. She maintains her innocence.
â€œIâ€™m sorry for that manâ€™s family and everything, but what happened was an accident.â€
The victimâ€™s cousin, Timothy White, says he doesnâ€™t feel bad for Lee, and wants her to pay.
â€œHe lost his life. We lost a family member,â€ said White. â€œThe law can do something to her.â€
Now just months away from giving birth to another baby, Lee worries she could be facing a life sentence in prison. A life away from her two children.
â€œFrom the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry,â€ said Lee, speaking openly to Baulkmanâ€™s family, â€œI can only imagine what theyâ€™re going through. But I donâ€™t want them to think that one day I donâ€™t think about him.â€
Amber lee’s attorney says the man who did rape Lee was arrested, but police didnâ€™t have enough evidence to charge him.