- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Bowie State University student accused of fatally stabbing her college roommate in the neck was released on bond last week pending trial, a move the young woman’s attorney said signals support of her claim that the killing was in self-defense.

Alexis Simpson, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dominique Frazier, 18, near the start of the school year in September. Until a bond review this month, she had been in jail since turning herself the night of the stabbing.

“I think the judge recognized you’ve got a college student with no real record,” Miss Simpson’s attorney, Christopher Griffiths, said. “She certainly is not a threat to the community or to anyone.”

During an April 5 hearing, Judge Sean D. Wallace granted Miss Simpson a $250,000 bond, according to court records. She was released from the Prince George’s County jail April 10, said John Erzen, spokesman for the county’s State’s Attorney’s Office.

As part of Miss Simpson’s conditions of release, she is confined to her mother’s District Heights home and is not allowed any visitors at the house, Mr. Griffiths said.

Prosecutors argued that based on the severity of the crime Miss Simpson was charged with, she should not be granted bond.

“We did object because of the nature of the crime. We are talking about a homicide here,” Mr. Erzen said. “The state’s position is that it was not in self-defense.”

The two women lived together in an on-campus apartment for three weeks. In that short time, they fought so often that Miss Simpson, a business major who transferred from Clark Atlanta University, requested to be moved out of the four-person suite, according to her attorney. University officials have said they had no record of anyone requesting to be transferred.

“She was being threatened and intimidated by her roommate,” Mr. Griffiths said, adding that he believes Miss Simpson has a strong argument of self-defense.

The stabbing occurred the evening of Sept. 15 as the roommates were getting ready to attend a school-sponsored comedy show, according to court documents. An argument between the two women in the Christa McAuliffe Residential Community turned physical and another person in the apartment separated the two by shoving Miss Simpson into her room and closing the door.

A few minutes later, Miss Simpson emerged from her room with what looked like a knife in her hand, went into Frazier’s room and began swinging at her, according to court documents.

Frazier clutched her throat and staggered outside the apartment where she collapsed on the floor. Miss Simpson told witnesses she “didn’t mean to do it,” before leaving the apartment, court documents say.

Miss Simpson’s trial is scheduled for August.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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