Monday, February 6, 2012

Kansas City, KS: Woman charged in stabbing death of partner

Prosecutors on Saturday charged a Kansas City woman in the death of her longtime partner, who was found fatally stabbed in their apartment on Christmas Day.

Lacresha A.V. Barnett, 36, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 30-year-old Onge’le Marie Barnett, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. Police said the couple wed in a civil ceremony out of state a few years ago.

Court documents show that Onge’le Barnett’s relatives told police that they went to her apartment in the 8800 block of Crystal Lane to check on her and talked to Lacresha Barnett, who also went by the name Lacresha Saulsberry.

The relatives said Lacresha Barnett told them that Onge’le Barnett had gone to a nearby store. They left and returned a short time later, finding the house locked. One relative pried open a window, entered the apartment and found Onge’le Barnett dead in the living room.

Police arrested Lacresha Barnett on Friday at Ridge Pointe Apartments in Kansas City.

According to court documents, she told police that Onge’le Barnett had become angry with her and displayed a knife, then began choking her. She said she picked up the knife and stabbed Onge’le Barnett multiple times. She told police she did not call for help after the stabbing.

After Onge’le Barnett’s relatives stopped by the apartment looking for her, court documents say, Lacresha Barnett left and watched for police to arrive, then went to a nearby liquor store and bought a bottle of gin.

Lacresha Barnett is being held on $250,000 bond.

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