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Schenectady woman faces murder charge in stabbing

Friday, February 1, 2013
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— The city woman accused of stabbing her longtime boyfriend to death in August is set for arraignment Monday on an increased charge of murder, officials said.

Jacqueline Smalls, 49, was indicted this past week on one count of second-degree murder in the killing of her 51-year-old boyfriend Adrian L. King.

The indictment marks an increase in the charges against Smalls. After her August arrest, she faced a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham declined to detail the reason for the upgrade in charges, but said that is the charge the grand jury returned.

Tremante-Pelham also said that generally investigations don’t stop with initial arrests.

At trial, Tremante-Pelham said, a jury would have the option, if it found the facts fit, to choose manslaughter over murder.

Smalls is due to be arraigned on the new indictment Monday morning. She is represented by attorney Adam Parisi. He could not be reached for comment.

The murder count means prosecutors contend that Smalls intended to cause King’s death when she stabbed him in the chest at their 1512 Van Vranken Ave. apartment late on Aug. 26.

Police were called to the apartment shortly afterward following a 911 call reporting a man stabbed in the chest.

The stabbing of King followed three separate times earlier that year where King was either charged with choking Smalls or preventing her from calling police, court records have indicated.

After King’s killing, though, police said there was no evidence he attacked her that night.

Also in the indictment is an allegation that Smalls previously menaced King. She faces a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing, accused of putting him in fear of physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon at the apartment on July 30.

Also on July 30, King was charged in an incident where Smalls was deemed the victim.

King was also in the apartment after he had been ordered by a court to completely stay away from Smalls, records have shown.

It has been unclear if either King or Smalls moved out of the apartment after the orders were filed.

Police have described King as still living in the apartment. Police also said there were no complaints from Smalls that King was in her presence.

The original manslaughter charge was filed after consulting with the district attorney’s office, police said then.

Court papers have referenced “signed affidavits from witnesses, oral statements by the defendant, physical evidence” and the police investigations as the basis for the charge.

 
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