Commerce
7:43 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Guilty plea expected in stabbing death

A Commerce woman is expected to plead guilty this week to a charge of murder, in connection with the stabbing death of a Greenville man in November 2012. Myeisha Simone Garcia has previously pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection with the death of Jamal Stanton. Jury selection in the case had been scheduled Monday, January 6.

But as of Tuesday, court records indicated Garcia is scheduled to enter open pleas of guilty during a hearing in the 354th District Court Friday to the murder charge and also a separate and unrelated charge of assault against a public servant.

An open plea means no plea bargain agreement had been arranged in the cases and that Garcia would be subject to the full range of punishment.

The murder indictment, returned in February by the Hunt County grand jury, also included a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Garcia was alleged in the murder count to have knowingly and intentionally stabbed Stanton with a knife on Nov. 28, 2012, or acted with the intent to cause Stanton serious bodily injury, which resulted in the victim’s death.

The manslaughter count alleges Garcia acted recklessly in attacking Stanton with the knife, causing his death. Garcia was alleged in the assault against a public servant indictment to have hit and kicked a Commerce Police Department officer who was attempting to arrest her on July 18, 2012.