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December 28, 2013

Trial in stabbing death scheduled

Garcia indicted in death of Jamal Stanton

COMMERCE — A Commerce woman is facing trial early next year on a charge of murder, in connection with a stabbing death of a Greenville man in November 2012.

Myeisha Simone Garcia has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection with the death of Jamal Stanton.

The indictment returned in February by the Hunt County grand jury also included a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Jury selection in Garcia’s trial is currently set for Jan. 6 in the 196th District Court.

Garcia was alleged in the murder count to have knowingly and intentionally stabbed Stanton with a knife on Nov. 28, 2012, or acted with the intent to cause Stanton serious bodily injury, which resulted in the victim’s death.

The manslaughter count alleges Garcia acted recklessly in attacking Stanton with the knife, causing his death.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from two to 20 years in prison.

Garcia is also facing a separate and unrelated charge of assault against a public servant, to which she has also pleaded not guilty. Garcia was alleged in the indictment to have hit and kicked a Commerce Police Department officer who was attempting to arrest her on July 18, 2012.

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