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Hephzibah woman claims domestic violence led to fatal stabbing

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It will up to a jury to decide this week whether a Hephzibah woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense or without legal justification.

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Mattie Gaines’ defense attorney, Maureen Floyd, told the Richmond County Superior Court jury in her opening statement that Boris Dease was physically, verbally and emotionally abusive, especially when he drank too much, as he did on Nov. 11, 2010.

Gaines, 28, wanted to keep Dease from hitting her when she picked up a kitchen knife and unintentionally nicked Dease’s throat, Floyd said.

Dease, 34, died the next day.

Gaines was charged with aggravated assault with a knife, murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Although Gaines told a Richmond County sheriff’s investigator that it was self-defense, she initially told a 911 operator and sheriff’s officers at the scene that Dease was stabbed by an intruder during a home invasion.

On the 911 recording played for the jury Tuesday, Gaines repeatedly begs for help in between telling the 911 operator that an intruder stabbed Dease in the bathroom.

The first officers at the scene found Dease in the bathroom, struggling to breathe and turning blue, Cpl. Mitchell Freeman testified. Gaines was quietly sitting on the staircase, he said.

Dease struggled with the officers as they tried to stop the bleeding, Freeman said, but he wasn’t trying to fight the officers. He was fighting to breathe.

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/25/13 - 03:52 pm
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"Unintentionally
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nicked Dease's throat". Dease passed away the next day. If gaines calls that "unintentional", I'd hate to think of her excuse if she had used a bazooka.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/25/13 - 05:54 pm
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Probably should have taken a

Probably should have taken a plea deal for manslaughter. If the prosecution's side of the story holds up, this won't end well for her.

jkline
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jkline 06/26/13 - 03:27 am
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System Broken

The event happened in 2010. It is still not settled in 2013. That shows the real systemic problem.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 06/26/13 - 07:21 am
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i guess they fought after she
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i guess they fought after she used up "all dey welfare and foo stamps" and he wasn't able to throw that "cook-out" fo he homies

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corgimom 06/26/13 - 02:04 pm
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Jkline, I don't know how I

Jkline, I don't know how I feel about that.

This is about murder, sometimes it's good to let things settle down so that emotions don't cloud a verdict.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 06/26/13 - 02:06 pm
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jkline, December 2012 an SUV

jkline, December 2012 an SUV going the wrong way on Riverwatch Parkway, driven by a Ms. Sullivan, hit three cars, last one was Ms. Maureen Floyd's, the SUV landed on Ms. Floyd in her car. It is a miracle she is alive, recovering and practicing law again. This added a few months to how long it took to come to court, I'm sure. Some things are not simply the system's fault; some things are out of the system's control.

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pgapeach2 06/26/13 - 08:29 pm
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Why stay

My issue with this is, if you know he is violent when he drinks, why stay in an abusive relationship?

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