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Woman pleas to lesser charge in killing of mother

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A 25-year-old woman has plead guilty to a lesser charge in the stabbing death of her mother in 2019.

Raina Swopshire, also known as Kennishewa Whitley, was facing a charge of murder in the stabbing death of her mother, Stacy Jennings, 49.

Police say the stabbing happened in the Villages of Hanna Apartments on Dec. 11, 2019.

In court on Tuesday, Swopshire plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

She is set to be sentenced on December 14.

According to court documents, Swopshire told detectives her mother was doing drugs at her apartment and had touched her inappropriately, starting a fight.

Swopshire said Jennings got two knives and threw one at her, but missed.

Swopshire said she was able to get the second knife from Jennings, saying she lost control and started swinging, fatally stabbing her.

Jennings' death marked the 25th homicide victim in Allen County for 2019.

A special prosecutor was appointed to oversee the case in January.

Swopshire is an alleged victim in a pending sexual misconduct case, so the court found the special prosecutor was necessary to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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