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Woman admitted to police that she stabbed boyfriend in the neck, court hears

A woman admitted to stabbing her boyfriend in the neck during a fight over their children, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

Ernesta Butler, 25, is on trial for the October 23, 2016 attempted murder of Trevor Taylor Jr., the father of two of her children.

She has denied the charges at her trial before Justice Guillimina Archer-Minns and a nine-member jury.

Inspector Freya Emmanuel testified that Butler admitted to stabbing Taylor.

Emmanuel said the interview commenced at 5:16 p.m. on October 24, but stopped after Butler asked for a lawyer.

However, the interview resumed at 12:23 p.m. the following day without a lawyer present after T. Culmer did not show up for the interrogation that was scheduled for 11 a.m.

During the interview, Emmanuel said that Butler said she stabbed Taylor in the neck with a knife from his kitchen when their conversation escalated to a fight.

Butler said the argument was over their children.

Prosecutor Olivia Nixon asked Emmanuel if Butler’s admissions were made voluntarily.

She said they were.

Defense lawyer Raymond Rolle asked Emmanuel if Butler was given the chance to contact a lawyer when the interview resumed on October 25.

Emmanuel said she was not.

Rolle said, “She was in custody. She was not free to go and use phone as she willed. She was under the custody, care and control of the police.”

Emmanuel replied, “Yes sir.”

The trial continues today.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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