Woman Stabbed Ex-Boyfriend Charged with Murder
Police recently responded to a call in south Louisville. A woman stabbed her ex-boyfriend to death. They found the woman trying to stop the bleeding when they arrived. She had actually placed the call and reported the incident. The man later died. Tamara Eubanks was arrested and charged with his murder.
If prosecutors can prove there was malice involved, they could seek the death penalty. As an experienced Kentucky criminal defense attorney, murder cases at the top stakes because everything is on the line. There appear to be several elements to this story that would enable me to attack the prosecutor’s case.
First, if the woman intended to commit capital murder, why would she have been trying to save the victim? Police admit she was applying pressure to the wound. Without advanced life-saving training, this would seem to be the most obvious way to render aid to the stabbing victim.
Second, it was Ms. Eubanks who placed the call to report the incident and to request help. Again, if she intended to murder the individual, why make that call? After all, the authorities may have showed up in time to provide medical help and save the victim’s life. That victim could obviously have testified against her in court.
Finally, is there a case to be made for self-defense? We do know that the two were living together, even though they were no longer dating (according to the report). Was there an argument? Did it escalate? Was the woman in fear for her life or trying to protect herself from harm?
There are many factors that will unfold once the evidence is collected and potential witnesses are interviewed. In a criminal case involving murder charges, it’s important that the defendant retains a skilled trial attorney to defend him or her in that case. Prosecutors have seemingly unlimited resources when it comes to building a case against our citizens. The defendant has constitutional rights and there are specific rules to what evidence can be admitted. Most importantly, the defendant (in this case) is the only one who knows what actually happened. She has a right to tell her side of the story if she chooses.