Woman arraigned in man’s stabbing

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



The fate of a 23-year-old woman who police have charged with the city’s most recent homicide will be in the hands of a Mahoning County grand jury by the end of the week.

Jessica Walker, of 1423 Maplewood Court, appeared for arraignment Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court on a murder charge. Police charged her with the Sunday stabbing death of 26-year-old Shawn Meadows.

Judge Kobly set Walker’s bond at $20,000. She was in Mahoning County jail late Monday afternoon.

City Prosecutor Dana Lantz told the court that Walker has been cooperative with police and prosecutors since the beginning of the investigation into the stabbing.

“Miss Walker did, in fact, admit to the stabbing that killed Shawn Meadows, but she has circumstances and defenses. This will be presented to the grand jury Thursday by direct presentment,” Lantz told the judge.

Judge Kobly appointed an attorney to represent Walker, who said she just recently lost her job at a McDonald’s restaurant and could not afford a lawyer.

Walker told police she was cooking for her 4-year-old son Sunday at her home and the child said he did not want to eat. Meadows, her boyfriend, was at the home. He walked in the room and insisted that the child eat.

Walker told police she advised Meadows her son didn’t have to eat, that it was her house, and if he didn’t like it, he could leave.

That’s when Meadows attacked her, she said, and forced her head into a wall. Police said she had a large lump on her forehead.

Walker told police she ran upstairs to get her phone, and Meadows followed her. She said he punched and choked her again.

Walker told police she stabbed Meadows twice and ran to a friend’s house, with her son in tow and the knife still in her hand.

Prosecutors said Walker has no previous criminal record.

Meadows, according to county records, has a criminal history that goes back to 2005.

Records show arrests for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs/drug abuse in 2005.

There was an arrest for carrying a concealed weapon in 2006, aggravated drug trafficking in 2008, misdemeanor drug abuse in 2009, and a felony possession of drugs arrest in 2011.

Meadows is the city’s 23rd homicide victim this year. There were 18 homicides at this time in 2011.

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