Murder victim's niece testifies in court: 'When I turned around, she had stabbed her'

The niece of 30-year-old Essence Clanton who was stabbed in August testified in court Monday.

- The alleged killer of a mother of three who was stabbed to death after getting in anto an argument with another woman was in court Monday.

A woman charged with open murder and the niece who tried to save her aunt watched together cell phone video taken of the stabbing.

Taneisha Christian, 28, is accused of stabbing 30-year-old Essence Clanton in a fight between several women, which family members say was over food stamps. It happened in mid-August in the front lawn of a home on Beland Street.

"My Auntie Essence jumped in and started fighting Tenisha," said the victim's niece, Jazlyn Cotton.

She says she saw the fight.

"My Auntie Essence had Tenisha on the ground by the porch, beating her up, and Tenisha got up and was like, 'I've got something for you.' She said it more than one time. Then she ran across the street and grabbed a bag," Cotton said in court.

She says she tried to get her aunt to stop.

"I was pulling my Auntie Essence towards me but I had let her go and that's when I turned around she had stabbed her," Cotton said.

The mother of three was stabbed in the chest and later died. She leaves behind a three children: A 3 month old, a 3 year old, and 14 year old.

Christian has been bound over for trial. She is due in court again next Monday.


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