Stephanie Lawson Pleads Innocent to First-Degree Murder Charge in Karen Jordan’s Stabbing

Stephanie Lawson pled innocent on Friday to a charge of first-degree murder while armed in the stabbing death of Karen Jordan.

Lawson was originally arrested under suspicion of second-degree murder.

At a preliminary hearing, MPD Detective Norma Horne said Lawson, Jordan and each of their significant others were drinking heavily at Lawson’s home on the night of the stabbing. When Jordan asked her girlfriend for ten dollars, and received it, it enraged Lawson because Jordan owed Lawson twenty dollars.

The argument ended when Lawson went to the kitchen, took a knife, and stabbed Jordan in the throat, Horne said.

Lawson told detectives that Jordan had threatened to kill her and she was afraid for her life.

She is expected back in court for a status hearing on June 22. A trial date has not been set.

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