Turner pleads guilty to second-degree murder
ANNAPOLIS — A former Grasonville woman pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of another woman with ties to Queen Anne’s County in what prosecutors called a domestic dispute.
Tashaya Raeshone Turner, 38, pleaded guilty in an agreement with the Anne Arundel State’s Attorney’s Office, which, in exchange, will drop the remaining charges against her and recommend a 15-year sentence.
On Dec. 5, 2016, police responded to Mountain Road in Glen Burnie for an assault in progress, and when they arrived, they found I’kea Nicole Jackson, 28, lying outside an apartment building, and she appeared to be suffering from stab wounds.
The fire department transported Jackson to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. A post-mortem examination was performed on Jackson and her death was ruled homicide by multiple stab wounds.
Jackson, who had no fixed address, was staying in different places in Glen Burnie, police said. According to her obituary, she was once a student in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools and played basketball for one season at Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville.
Detectives canvassed the area, interviewed witnesses and tried to piece together the chain of events that led to Jackson’s death. As the investigation continued, several pieces of evidence related to the crime were recovered and submitted for forensic analysis.
On Dec. 6, police secured an arrest warrant charging Turner with murder, and on Dec. 7, homicide detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in Baltimore and took Turner into custody without incident. Police originally said Turner lived in Grasonville Terrace, Grasonville. But court records now list her address as Baltimore.
Police said they based the murder charge on an eyewitness who said she saw the stabbing happen through her patio door.
The witness said she was walking near Jackson in the front of 114 Mountain Road in Glen Burnie when Jackson was approached by a black female who began arguing with her, said the application for statement of charges filed by police in District Court.
“The witness retreated to her residence and saw through her patio door that the black female suspect was repeatedly striking Jackson using a stabbing motion with her arm. After stabbing Ms. Jackson, the black female suspect fled the scene,” court records said.
A knife was located at the scene. When interviewed by police, the witness was able to positively identify the black female as Turner, said court records.
In an earlier interview, Heather Epkins, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office, said if Turner were convicted of all the charges against her, the sentence could have added up to 68 years in jail.
TASHAYA RAESHON TURNER
I’KEA NICOLE JACKSON