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Woman arraigned in man’s stabbing



Published: Tue, October 30, 2012 @ 12:02 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


Comments

1nane6(29 comments)posted 2 years ago

This is a mother standing up for her child and then having to defend herself against a man. I would have done the same thing. Women are not taking getting beat down lightly theses days. SELF DEFENSE!!!

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2hollywood(94 comments)posted 2 years ago

if the story is true, she was in the right protecting her son and herself and i hope the grand jury sees this. make this be an example for other men that if you beat a woman she can and will protect herself with the law on her side. im sure this isnt the 1st woman he beat on! you get a thumbs up from me jessica!!!!

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3nukkie(1 comment)posted 2 years ago

First of all, He was a Good Man with a Good Heart. Get Your Facts STRAIGHT there is no Self-Defense anymore. While you all are speaking you don't know the whole story so SHUT THE H*** UP!!!!!! He was NOT a woman BEATER!!!!!

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4IKNOWTHETRUTH(8 comments)posted 2 years ago

NUKKIE...

WHERE YOU THERE LIVING WITH THEM?...DO YOU KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON BEHIND THEM CLOSED DOORS??....YEA HE MIGHT OF BEEN A GOOD DUDE THATS WHAT U SEE BUT DO U KNOW THE REAL HIM?? EVERYBODY HAS THERE OPINION AND I SAY SELF DEFENSE NO MATTER WHAT IF YOU SEE SHE RAN UPSTAIRS TO GET THE PHONE THEN WHATS THAT TELL YOU???

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5trayci(2 comments)posted 2 years ago

Good men don't beat women, esp in front of a young child. My prayers go out to both families, but if she didn't react it would have been her and possibly the child too. Everybody has a right to defend themselves, he put himself in the situation by attacking her in her apartment, he could have just went home. No woman should ever have to go through this, ever.

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6Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years ago

""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.""

The dude should have just turned around and walked out. Then Life goes on. No fight, no stabbing, no confrontation and most of all, no death. It's called "Common Sense" which people just don't have. Pitiful.

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7IKNOWTHETRUTH(8 comments)posted 2 years ago

TRAC AND LIFETOSHORT

I AGREE WITH BOTH OF YOU 100% ITS HER HOUSE HER RULES AND IF U DONT LIKE THERES THE DOOR LIKE SHE SAID...SHE WAS NOT WRONG TO DEFEND HERSELF OTHERS THAT SAY SHE WAS,WASNT THERE AND MOST OFTHEM HAVE NOT EVER BEEN N A ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP.

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8Peaceofmind(1 comment)posted 2 years ago

I hope the grand jury see that this story is a little fishy... I clearly don't believe her. You cookn fa ya son but now he don't want to eat... Your so called boyfriend " tells the baby he should eat... You responded by telling him this my son, this my house, and you can leave if you don't like it.... ( "Dam why all that"?!) Just cause he told yo son to eat that food you just cook for him... He push your head into the wall you run up the steps to get the phone he comes be hide you... He begin punching and choking you... You stab him twice... Where the hell did you get an knife from... I understand she has a lump... Is there any bruises from the punches, a ring around her neck... She could of easily ran into the wall trying to get out that apt.... All I'm saying it's more to this story...

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9IKNOWTHETRUTH(8 comments)posted 2 years ago

peace of mind

YEA THERES MORE TO THE STORY BUT DO U THINK THE POLICE WONT YALL TO KNOW EVERYTHING IM PRETTY SURE ITS ALOT MISSING ON DA COUNT OF THEY TRYNA KEEP THE STORY SHORT FOR THE NEWS AND TV......

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10trayci(2 comments)posted 2 years ago

Yea we're not looking at a full police report, just a short article. Also a lot of ppl sleep with a knife under their bed. If she was running from him and hit the wall that means she was scared and he still didn't have to chase after her. There is no excuse for him strangling her or punching her at all. In the heat of the moment no one knows what they are going to do. AGAIN HE JUST COULD HAVE WENT HOME.he didn't have to stay and fight with her.it's not even his kid. I wish her the and her child the best.

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