City Woman Charged In Fatal Stabbing

July 24, 2009|By Justin Fenton

A 27-year-old Baltimore woman who told police that she fatally stabbed her boyfriend because he was choking her has been charged with first-degree murder in his death, according to court records.

Tiesha Sakeyra Bennett, of the 300 block of Charter Oak Ave. in North Baltimore's Kernewood community, was arrested Thursday and ordered held without bond in the death of Jermaine Womack, 32, who died June 22 after suffering a stab wound.

Charging documents filed by homicide Detective Donald Diehl describe the investigation into the events leading up to the killing as "complex." Diehl wrote that he met Bennett at the hospital and observed blood on her dress, leading him to believe she may have been involved. He then interviewed two witnesses who said that Bennett had confessed to stabbing Womack because he was choking her.

In a follow-up interview, Bennett "confessed to stabbing Jermaine Womack. ... Mr. Womack began to choke her until she couldn't breathe so she grabbed a knife and stabbed him," Diehl wrote in charging documents.

She has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of assault, and use of a deadly weapon. Bennett does not have a prior criminal record, according to online court records.

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