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Trial set for woman accused of fatally stabbing Airman

Posted: Updated: April 19, 2012 11:32 PM CDT
Kimethia Coleman, 26 Kimethia Coleman, 26
U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The murder trial for the Minden woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in January 2010 at their Shreveport apartment is set to begin on Monday.

26-year-old Kimethia Coleman is charged with second degree murder in connection to the stabbing death of U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks. It happened at the Quail Creek Apartments. She allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

When police initially responded, she told them someone broke in and killed Spinks. She later changed her story and said she stabbed him in self-defense.

She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Thursday, Judge Michael Pitman heard more than an hour and a half of testimony from two psychiatrists who examined Coleman's competence to stand trial, and her sanity at the time of the stabbing.

Those two doctors were part of a sanity commission that evaluated her. Judge Pitman found her competent for trial at a previous hearing.

Thursday's hearing was to examine the methodology they used to reach their opinion. Judge Pitman denied the defense's motion. Jury selection is set to start Monday morning.

If convicted, Coleman faces life in prison.

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