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Detroit woman, 29, to be tried in fatal bus stabbing

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A Detroit woman will stand trial in the stabbing death of another woman aboard a city bus last month.

Tiffanie Monique Edwards, 29, of Detroit, was bound over for trial Thursday on first-degree murder charges in the case. Edwards is scheduled for arraignment on the information at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

If convicted, she faces up to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The stabbing occurred about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 26 on a Detroit Department of Transportation bus traveling on West Grand near Rosa Parks.

The victim, identified in court records as Charla Lavon Williams, 50, was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital after the incident.

Edwards’ attorney, Kareem Johnson, said his client was only defending herself and was not the aggressor in a “street fight.”

“She unwillingly found herself in a street fight with a woman much bigger than herself,” Johnson said last month after his client was arraigned on the charges. “Clearly it was reasonable to think she needed to defend herself.”

Johnson said Williams was the “initial aggressor,” striking his client after a verbal altercation that turned physical. Johnson said witnesses will corroborate his client’s claims she did not start the fight.

Williams died from multiple sharp force injuries. Her neighbors described her as a woman with a back problem who sometimes needed a walker or other assistance.

Edwards was not given bond and is being held at the Wayne County Jail. A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf by the magistrate.

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