Kimethia Coleman, 26, who has been accused of stabbing her boyfriend, U.S. Air Force Sgt Brian Spinks, to death in January 2010 is on trial in Shreveport for second degree murder. He was reportedly stabbed over 60 times.
The trial began last Wednesday and first witness for the prosecution was the 911 dispatcher. The tape was played, and Coleman could be heard screaming and hysterical while Spinks was heard moaning in the background.
On Thursday there were emotional outbursts by Coleman who began crying when shown pictures and video from the crime scene. She sobbed when prosecutors played the recording of her interview with the police the morning of the murder and informed her that Spinks was dead. During that interview she told the police that a man named John followed her from a Shreveport nightclub and busted in the door to Spinks’ apartment and attacked him. Also during the interview the now former Shreveport Police Detective Lowell Bowen brought up a voicemail that Spinks had reportedly left Coleman that morning telling her they were done. When asked why he broke up with her, she answered “He didn’t break up with me…we go through this all the time.” The final witness of the day was Dr. James Traylor who took the jury through pictures of the 60 plus stab wounds. On Friday, the prosecution wrapped up their case. Yesterday the defense took over, and plan to bring over 30 witnesses to the stand who will testify how Spinks treated Coleman during their relationship.
Today she took the stand in her own defense for the second day. She claimed that her boyfriend was drunk when she went to his Quail Creek apartment the night of the stabbing. She said that he took out a knife and stabbed her in the stomach, legs and sides. In a confusing testimony, she continued by saying that she went to the kitchen to get a knife and they “ended up in the living room fighting”. Coleman said “Brian was coming after me,” she said. “He attacked me in the kitchen.” Coleman is claiming justifiable homicide, and is has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. According to KSLA News in Shreveport, her attorney, Thomas Alonzo, claims she was abused and suffered from Battered Wife Syndrome and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of that alleged abuse. Prior to this trial, Coleman underwent two mental evaluations; the first in July 2011, where a judge found her incompetent to stand trial.
The trial will resume in Minden tomorrow morning.
*Sources: KTBS News, KSLA News, KEEL