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Woman found guilty of lover’s murder will be sentenced later in week

Nadisha Beckford, the Jamaican woman found guilty of the murder of her Bahamian lover, will be sentenced later this week.

On June 28, a jury unanimously convicted Beckford of the fatal stabbing of Lakeisha Mackey after 30 minutes of deliberation.

Beckford, who is married to a Bahamian, appeared before Justice Renae McKay last week for the penalty phase of her trial. 

The prosecutor, Cassie Bethell, suggested a sentence in the range of 40 to 45 years while public defender Dorsey McPhee suggested between 10 to 12 years was an appropriate penalty.

Beckford was remanded to prison on March 1, 2021 after she was charged with Mackey’s murder.

She stabbed Mackey and slit her throat during a fight in the parking lot of the Mayfair Hotel on February 20, 2021.

Despite medical intervention, Mackey died from her injuries two days later.

After the incident, Beckford went on social media and claimed that she acted in self-defense.

However, the  jury rejected Beckford’s claims that she was protecting herself.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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