Woman accused in fatal stabbing faces trial
A judge has set a February trial date for a Norristown woman accused of fatally stabbing her stepfather in the leg during an argument in their home.
Montgomery County Judge Todd D. Eisenberg set Feb. 7 as the day jury selection will commence for the trial of Shakira Hayward in connection with the March 9, 2016, stabbing death of her 37-year-old stepfather, Kenneth Bullock. The judge indicated he will hear any pretrial motions immediately before jury selection begins.
The trial is expected to last several days.
Hayward, 24, of the 300 block of East Marshall Street, faces charges of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, possessing an instrument of crime and tampering with or fabricating evidence.
A conviction of third-degree murder, which is an unjustified killing committed with malice, carries a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison upon conviction. A conviction of voluntary manslaughter carries a possible maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Earlier this year, defense lawyer Matthew W. Quigg failed to convince the judge to dismiss the third-degree murder charge against Hayward. At that time, Quigg argued prosecutors failed to present any evidence of “malice,” which is a hardness of heart, wickedness of disposition or a reckless indifference toward the value of human life.
Quigg argued with the absence of malice the crime is more akin to manslaughter and he suggested Hayward was acting in self-defense during the altercation, during which Bullock