Witnesses in fatal Detroit bus stabbing recall what happened in court

Some passengers who witnessed the fatal stabbing of a 50 year old  woman on a D-DOT bus after an altercation took the stand Wednesday.           

Monique Edwards, 29, is charged with stabbing Charla Williams, 50, to death on August 28th.

Initial reports claim the two women got into a fight when Edwards tripped on Williams' walker.

Witnesses told the court the fighting started about 20 minutes before that , when the victim was swearing in front of children. It escalated when Williams bumped Edwards with her walker on the way off of the bus.

"She may have bumped into her, but I don't know if it was intentional or unintentional," said witness.               

"The older lady kind of had the younger lady in like a head lock or something and was trying to make her  way to the front, and then they were just like going at it," said witness.

People on the bus tried to break up the fight. Christopher Taylor, a passenger, went to help Williams who had been stabbed in the face and chest.

"She was actually still trying to swing and punch.  She got up like she was trying to speak but there was blood coming out from her chin," said Taylor.

Edwards fled the scene but turned herself in the next day after her picture was aired by the news media.

Edwards has a criminal history that includes felony assault with a weapon and assault on a police officer.

A hearing that will determine whether or not she stands trial will continue Thursday.

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