Lawson faces up to 30 years in prison. She was initially charged with first-degree murder.
In a preliminary hearing held in October 2011, prosecutors argued that Lawson stabbed Jordan in an argument over a $20 debt while she was at Jordan’s apartment playing cards.
According to the proffer of facts, on August 27, 2011 at approximately 9:40 p.m., Lawson went Jordan’s apartment with her boyfriend. Along with Jordan’s significant other, the four played cards and drank alcohol.
At some point, Lawson and Jordan got into a “heated” argument that ended with Lawson stabbing Jordan once in the neck. Jordan had no weapon at the time. Documents say that Lawson later told police Jordan threatened to kill her.
“[Lawson] felt threatened and grabbed a knife,” Lawson’s defense attorney said at Friday’s hearing. “When [Jordan] came at her in a menacing manner she stabbed her in the neck.”
In accepting the plea, Judge Rhonda Winston said the use of a knife was excessive under the circumstances.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 16. Lawson will remain in home confinement until the hearing.
Plea documents have been added to this post.