A 38-year-old Nathalie woman, Jennette Phelps Brake, was indicted on charges of attempted murder and additional assault and firearm charges on Jan. 2, according to court records.

An indictment is issued by a grand jury against an individual who is charged with a crime. Before the individual may be convicted, the charge must be proved at trial beyond a reasonable doubt. The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual of the charge against him or her so that the person will be able to prepare a defense.

The indictments stem from alleged offenses that occurred Dec. 7, according to court records.

She also was indicted for two charges of felonious assault with intent to maim, and misdemeanor charges of assault and battery of a family member, brandishing a firearm and violating a provision of a protective order.

Deputy T. W. Crute served the warrants on Friday.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin said the incident began as a domestic assault situation, but upon further investigation, they decided to pursue the direct indictment for attempted murder.