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Year-long argument leads to stabbing death

A year-long argument between two Scranton teenagers over a man with whom both were romantically involved resulted an explosion of anger and the stabbing death of one of the girls. Even though the alleged murderer is only 16 years old, the prosecutor said that she would be charged as an adult.

The two girls were originally thought to be best friends before they both became attached to a man currently in Lackawanna County Prison. The dead girl was the mother of the man's one-year-old child. On the evening of the crime, the two girls had been using their cell phones to conduct an argument about the man. The victim told the woman in whose house she was living that she was leaving to confront the other girl about a statement made during the cell phone argument. The two girls met in an alley in Scranton, and the suspect is accused of stabbing the older girl in the neck and chest. The loss of blood from the chest wound was the main cause of death.

According to police, the defendant made several incriminating posts on her Facebook page in which she said that she was "wrong" and that she had no remorse for her actions. She has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment of human life. The coroner has ruled the crime to be a homicide, and the prosecutor said that the ruling will lead him to add the charge of criminal homicide.

The defendant in this case faces very serious charges, but she is nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges would benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, an enumeration of potential defense strategies and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Scranton woman stabbed to death in fight," Kathleen Bolus and Peter Cameron, May 31, 2016

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