The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:32 pm

Woman claims self-defense in shooting

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman charged with murder argues in a court filing she was trying to protect herself when she shot the man she's accused of killing. 

Kennisha Jackson, 19, "was justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force, when she reasonably believed that force was necessary to prevent imminence of serious bodily injury to herself," a notice of justifiable reasonable force filed by defense attorney Donald Swanson says. 

Police say Jackson shot Diquan Meriwether, 19, in the chest Jan. 14 after he arrived at her Abbott Street home to collect money. 

Meriwether – whose name is misspelled in the filing – struck Jackson, "causing injury and stitches," her lawyer wrote in the two-page notice filed in Allen Superior Court. 

"At the time of this altercation, (Jackson's) gun clattered to the floor and was used by (Jackson) in self-defense," the document says. "After Diquan Merriweather was shot, he retrieved his gun and ran out of (Jackson's) home to a waiting get-away car. 

"(Jackson) was not the initial aggressor in the altercation." 

A three-day trial is scheduled July 28.

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