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Wednesday, February 05, 2020 2:03 pm

Murder suspect asks for release from jail

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend says she made a "poor decision" and has asked a judge to release her from jail. 

LaKeshia James, 28, stabbed O'sha D.K. Booher-Ford, 26, in the chest with a kitchen knife Oct. 13 during an argument over infidelity, according to charging documents. 

In a January letter to Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull, James pushes for release to care for her two children. 

"Your honor, I fear that further incarceration will not be in my children's best interest and will devastate their future and spirit," the two-page handwritten note says. "The poor decision I made on October 13th changed my life so much, this situation really opened my eyes to reality and really put things into perspective for me." 

The letter is not likely to sway Gull, who has referred similar letters from defendants in other cases to their attorneys. 

Murder carries a penalty of up to 65 years in prison, and a three-day trial is scheduled March 24.

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