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Woman convicted of Harlem Road stabbing

LIBERTY — Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 4 for a woman convicted of stabbing Jermaine Collins, 32, to death.

Clay County jurors deliberated a little more than 2½ hours on Wednesday, March 8 before finding 34-year-old Tia D. Townsel, 115 NW Harlem Rd., Kansas City in Clay County, guilty of Collins’ June 23, 2015 stabbing death at that address.

Jurors convicted Townsel of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in Collins’ death says Clay County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel White.

Judge Janet Sutton presided over the three-day trial in Liberty.  Judge Sutton has set May 4 as the date for motions and possible sentencing.

Litigating the case for the state were Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Robert Sanders and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Cassie Burgess.

Investigating the case were the Kansas City Police Department, the Kansas City Crime Lab, and the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office.

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