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Coleman trial: Day 4: Coleman takes the stand

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Kimethia Coleman and family members leave the Caddo Parish courthouse during a break in the trial. Kimethia Coleman and family members leave the Caddo Parish courthouse during a break in the trial.
Stabbed to death: U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks Stabbed to death: U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks
ON TRIAL: Kimethia Coleman,26 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) ON TRIAL: Kimethia Coleman,26 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

In a surprise move, Kimethia Coleman has taken the stand in her own defense in her second degree murder trial for the fatal stabbing of Brian Spinks.

The defense began presenting their case Friday morning. Coleman is accused of stabbing her Airman boyfriend to death in his Quail Creek apartment in January 2010.

Coleman recounted the events of that January night to the jury. She told jurors when she showed up to her boyfriends apartment they started arguing and he started to choke her.

"That's when Brian went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and stabbed me," said Coleman.

Coleman stood up on the stand and showed jurors where she was stabbed saying she was stabbed in the side, stomach and leg.

She said after that she ran into the kitchen and got a knife and stabbed Spinks.

"I stabbed him because he was going to kill me."

Coleman admitted that she did not remember the stabbing, slashing Spinks throat, or lying to police officers. According to reports, Coleman told officers a man followed her home and was the one who stabbed Spinks.

"I lied because I was scared and didn't want to believe it was happening."

The State said he will have a "lengthy" cross examination of defendant on Tuesday. The trial is expected to resume around 10 a.m.

First on the stand for the defense was the doctor who evaluated Coleman's mental state. He testified that she would not have been able to assist in her defense, meaning that she was possibly incompetent to stand trial.

Next, prosecutors brought a longtime friend of Coleman's, an Airman that just returned from Afghanistan less than a week ago.

The prosecution finished presenting their case on Friday, following testimony from Shreveport Police Department Detective Eric Farquhar, who says Coleman may have been "finishing him off" while she was on the phone with 911.

She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the stabbing death of her boyfriend U.S. Air Force Sgt. Brian Spinks in 2010.

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