Bond set at $250K for Boardman murder suspect

By Josh Stipanovich


Tequila Haskins, the woman police charged with stabbing her boyfriend Brian Tubbs to death at their Moyer Avenue home Tuesday, is in Mahoning County jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

“I don’t believe the family is financially able to afford [the bond],” Haskins’ attorney Dennis DiMartino said after Thursday’s arraignment before Judge Joseph M. Houser of Mahoning County Area Court.

Haskins, 28, entered a not-guilty plea to the murder charge.

DiMartino asked for a $50,000 bond and electronically-monitored house arrest. The county prosecutor asked that bond be set at $500,000.

Several family members from each side showed up at the hearing but refused to comment on the case or incident.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. July 16 in this court.

“This case, I think, represents the stereotypical example of a woman who had been abused and ... threatened and tortured and everything else for a number of years by the victim,” DiMartino said.

He added that he believes once everyone sees the other side to the story, the initial murder charge will be dropped to a voluntary manslaughter charge, which carries a penalty of three to 10 years in prison.

If convicted of the murder charge, Haskins could face a 15-years-to-life prison term, DiMartino said.

Haskins discovered Tubbs, 28, and their neighbor together naked in bed, Boardman police said. That’s when Haskins proceeded to get a large kitchen knife and stabbed Tubbs in the arm, chest and throat. Police said Haskins also struck the neighbor and threw her down the stairs.

Paramedics tried reviving Tubbs on the scene before he was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he later died. Police believe Tubbs bled out from his chest cavity, and that he lost too much blood by the time he arrived at the hospital.

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