Woman Gets 8-Year Sentence In Scissors Stabbing Case

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A woman charged in the Dec. 19, 2011, stabbing death of 15-year-old Shaviya Vinson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge on Thursday.

Temekia Reed, who was 24 at the time of the incident, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern. She was given an agreed eight-year sentence.

She initially was charged with first-degree murder. The guilty plea was to voluntary manslaughter. 

There had been a hung jury in late March on charges of first-degree murder against Ms. Reed. The jury was hung 10-2 in favor of a conviction.

Judge Stern then ruled it was a mistrial.

Police said the incident happened when Ms. Reed was attacking a woman fighting with her mother..

The scissors Ms. Reed allegedly used belonged to her mother, Natalia Reed, police said.

Police discovered the victim's body lying in the middle of the street when they went to 1300 Poplar St. to investigate “reports of several black females engaged in a large fight.”

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