Plea offered in fatal Schenectady stabbing

Woman would get 18 years in boyfriend's death

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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— A woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death last year is now considering a plea offer made Tuesday that would net her 18 years in prison if she accepts.

If she doesn’t accept, the case would head to trial Dec. 3.

Jacqueline Smalls, 51, is accused of killing her longtime boyfriend, Adrian L. King, 51, at their 1512 Van Vranken Ave. apartment on Aug. 26, 2012. She pleaded not guilty in February to an indictment charging her with second-degree murder.

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham placed the plea offer on the record in court Tuesday morning. Prosecutors are offering a sentence of 18 years if Smalls pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The offer is to the same charge she initially faced following her arrest.

Smalls’ attorney, Adam Parisi, did not indicate in court whether his client would accept the offer. Visiting Judge Michael V. Coccoma is presiding over the case.

King’s killing came after earlier incidents between Smalls and King in 2012. King was charged three separate times with either 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 the night of his death.

Parisi indicated after Smalls’ arraignment that police didn’t look for evidence that King attacked her the night of the killing.

The murder count means prosecutors contend Smalls intended to cause King’s death when she stabbed him in the chest.

Also in the indictment against Smalls is a misdemeanor menacing count, which accuses her of menacing King by displaying a deadly weapon at the apartment July 30, 2012. Also July 30, 2012, King was charged in an incident where Smalls was deemed the victim.

At that point, Smalls was already wanted by authorities for alleged drug sales earlier in the year. A problem with the warrant, in part traced to communication issues between the police and the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, led to Smalls not being taken into custody on the drug charge.

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