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Immunity granted to woman accused of aggravated assault

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 7:09 PM
Last updated 8:10 PM
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A judge granted immunity Tuesday to a woman facing an aggravated assault charge in the stabbing of a man during a family street brawl in June 2011.

The charge must be dismissed against Lakeisha Stevens, 25, who was arrested after stabbing Olajuwon A. Martin four times in the chest and once in the shoulder June 3, 2011.

On Tuesday in Richmond County Superior Court, Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. ruled Stevens was entitled to immunity after hearing from several witnesses. Although there were conflicting accounts about who the aggressors were when members of Stevens’ family and Martin’s family engaged in a physical confrontation that day, it did appear that Stevens, who was about seven months pregnant at the time, was struck first and used the knife in self-defense.

Stevens remains in jail, however, because she was arrested last month on a bench warrant. Blanchard signed the warrant for her arrest in February after she failed to appear for the second day of her trial. The motion for immunity wasn’t filed until Stevens was picked up on the bench warrant.

Blanchard said Tuesday he will consider what to do about the bench warrant and possible contempt of court action at a later date.


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