Texarkana woman faces second-degree murder charge in October stabbing

Sherry Lashay Woods

A Texarkana, Ark., woman accused of fatally stabbing a friend’s boyfriend during an argument in October is charged with second-degree murder in Miller County.

Sherry Lashay Woods, 35, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is scheduled to appear in court next month for a pretrial hearing before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom. Woods is represented by Managing Public Defender Jason Mitchell.

According to an arrest affidavit, Woods invited a friend to her house in the area of East 9th and California Streets on the night of October 5. The friend accepted the invitation and the friend’s boyfriend, Jeffery Baker, 43, came along. As the group talked at Woods’ home, Baker and Woods allegedly became involved in a verbal argument.

Woods allegedly told Texarkana, Ark., detectives that her sons, ages 14 and 16, attempted to get Baker to leave the property. Woods reportedly stabbed Baker multiple times after he struck one of the teens in the face. Baker’s girlfriend allegedly told investigators that Baker was intoxicated on the night of the stabbing.

A neighbor interviewed several days after Baker’s death reported that he was sitting on his front porch when Baker came by for a short chat before saying he was going home. The neighbor reported that Baker came back a short time later and told him that Woods and her sons had made him leave their property.

The neighbor told investigators he told Woods’ boys to leave Baker alone and that Woods took the teens back into her yard. The neighbor reported that he thought the incident was over after hearing Woods and Baker exchange words.

But after just a few minutes, the neighbor answered another knock on his door. According to the affidavit, Woods was standing in the door and said, “I think I killed him, I think I killed him.”

The neighbor said he saw Baker lying in the street. When paramedics and first responders arrived, they found Baker lying in the road. He died a short time later in a local emergency room.

Woods was allegedly not on her property when she stabbed Baker. If convicted of second-degree murder, Woods could receive six to 30 years in prison and be fined up to $15,000.

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