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Thursday, February 06, 2020 1:00 am

Murder suspect asks to be let free

Claims more time behind bars will hurt her children

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.

Police arrived at James' Francis Street home around 10:45 a.m. Oct. 13 and found Booher-Ford suffering from a stab wound.

James was arrested and told investigators she woke up around 8 a.m. and started to look through her boyfriend's cellphone “because there has been infidelity,” a probable cause affidavit says. 

James asked Booher-Ford to leave, they argued and James went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife, police said.

She claimed she wanted to “knick” Booher-Ford with the knife but stabbed him instead, the affidavit alleges. 

“I made a horrible choice, your honor,” James' letter to the judge says.

“I hope and pray that you please take everything into consideration and allow me to return to society.”

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

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