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'I stabbed him': Woman charged in boyfriend's death at Garner hotel

Posted July 16
Updated July 17

— A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her boyfriend, according to officials with the Garner Police Department.

Authorities said officers responded to the InTown Suites at 1491 U.S. Highway 70 West on Sunday at about 6:45 p.m. in response to a man found stabbed in the hotel breezeway. Deric Fernandza Shaw, 49, of Garner was taken to WakeMed, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Man killed in stabbing at Garner hotel

Lakesha Nicole Johnson, 40, was taken into custody in connection with the incident and charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Investigators believe that this was a domestic incident, as Shaw and Johnson were boyfriend and girlfriend. Officials said an argument started between the pair in room 110, but that Shaw was registered and staying in room 238 at the same hotel with his wife. Witnesses said Shaw had been living at the hotel and was a fun-loving guy who could often be seen working on cars in the parking lot.

In a 911 call, Johnson admits to stabbing Shaw.

"He started an argument about something that was so petty. I asked him to leave several times," she said. "He had to put his hands on me and he would not leave. I stabbed him. I asked him to leave. He kept hitting me."

Police said Johnson's five-year-old son was taken from the scene. The boy was unharmed and sleeping during the time of the incident, police said.

Johnson told dispatchers the knife she used was in the sink.

Johnson was being held on a $100,000 bond. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday.

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  • Jewel Lee Jul 17, 3:02 p.m.
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    Dayum Shame. I wonder if the wife Knew about this other skaglywag? She (the wife) is better off without him. My heart goes out to his mother & family.