A woman charged in the 2011 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge rather than face a second trial.
Temekia Reed, 26, pleaded guilty this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern's court to voluntary manslaughter and received an eight-year sentence.
The incident arose from a street fight at College Hill Courts on Dec. 19, 2011, and prosecutors alleged that Reed stabbed Shaviya Vinson in the chest with a pair of purple-handled scissors.
Reed faced a March trial on first-degree murder that ended with a hung jury.
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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...