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Former Bowie State student found not guilty in the stabbing death of her roommate

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Published on: Friday, November 16, 2012

By Jim Davis

Late Thursday night, a jury found a former Bowie State student not guilty in the stabbing death of her roommate.

Just after 9 p.m. Nov. 15, a jury in an Upper Marlboro courtroom found Alexis Simpson, 20, not guilty in all seven counts of the death of her former roommate, Dominique Frazier, 19.

On Sept. 15, 2011, the two students were preparing for a homecoming event when the two got into a fight after Simpson turned down the volume of Frazier’s music.

During the fight, Simpson stabbed Frazier in the neck with a pocketknife. The stabbing caused Frazier to bleed to death.

Simpson stated in court that, after she stabbed Frazier, she tried to call 911, and when the call didn’t go through, she followed Frazier as she stumbled to the hallway.

“I laid down next to her and put my hand on her neck so blood wouldn’t come out,” Simpson said. “I started to panic.... There was foam coming out of her mouth.… I didn’t know what to do.”

Simpson had requested to change rooms because she did not get along with Frazier, but the request was denied.

A few hours after the stabbing occurred, Simpson, who fled from the scene of the incident that occurred in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community on campus, turned herself in to Prince George’s County Police Department.

Simpson was turned over to Maryland State Police and was charged with first-degree murder.

On Oct. 13, 2011, a Maryland grand jury indicted the 19-year-old on a charge of murder in the first-degree in the death of Frazier.

The jury Thursday rejected the charges of first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and self-defense.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said her office is not happy about the outcome of the trial.

“This is a very sad case. We have no winners; we have a young woman, who is dead because her neck was slashed and another young woman who had to experienced this,” Alsobrooks said.  

Simpson’s lawyer Christopher Griffiths said after the tridl that “this was a self defense case. There is no question in my mind that she (Simpson) acted in self defense.”

Griffiths added that Simpson is very remorse about what happened. She left the courtroom without speaking to the media.

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