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Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend to death asks judge to let her out of jail

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A woman who police say stabbed her boyfriend to death during a heated argument is asking the judge to let her out of jail.

Lakeshia James, 27, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend 26-year-old O’sha D.K. Booher-Ford.

He was found stabbed in the chest at 911 Francis Street near the East Central Towers & Gardens apartment complex. on Oct. 13., 2019, and the Allen County coroner ruled his death a homicide.

James sent a letter to the judge presiding over her murder trial asking her for leniency for the sake of her two young sons.

In a letter addressed to Judge Fran Gull, James started off her letter apologizing for what happened.

She then said she's a hardworking mother and has never been in trouble before.

"I have worked very hard to give them a positive and stable life. I am the sole provider for my children. Your Honor, I fear that further incarceration will not be in my children's best interest and will devastate their future and their spirit," James wrote in a letter dated Jan. 20.

"Your Honor, I am needed in my sons' lives. Please allow me this second chance to show and prove my dedication to being a great success. And I promise from the bottom of my heart you won't regret it," James ended her letter.

A friend of James also wrote a letter to the judge vouching for her character and asked the judge to show her leniency for the sake of her children.

James' jury trial is set for March 24, 2020.

The maximum sentence for murder in Indiana is 65 years.

Court docs: Woman stabs boyfriend in the chest after he refused to leave

According to a probable cause affidavit, James told police Booher-Ford was her boyfriend of five years, and he stays at her apartment frequently.

Sunday morning, James woke up early and started looking through his phone fearing infidelity on his part.

That’s when an argument broke out, and James asked Booher-Ford to leave several times.

James said Booher-Ford took her cellphone and refused to give it back, so she went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife.

She told police she went back to the bedroom and started waving the knife around, telling him to get out.

James said Booher-Ford was standing in front of her bed when she moved in closer.

She told officers she wanted to “knick” him with the life, but used it to stab him in the chest.

James said she didn’t think his injury was serious at first, but when she realized the gravity of the situation, she called 911.

The victim was originally taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police tell us he died at the hospital.

Detectives took James to the police station to be interviewed, and she’s now charged.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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