The day after a jury found Alexis Simpson not guilty of murder, 911 tapes from the trial were released. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.
In the 911 call from a former Bowie State University student found not guilty Thursday in the stabbing death of her roommate last year, she can be heard asking the victim’s friends why they jumped her.
Alexis Simpson’s defense convinced a Prince George’s County jury that she stabbed 18-year-old Dominique Frazier in self-defense.
On Sept. 15, 2011, in the suite Frazier and Simpson shared, students were getting ready to go to a homecoming event when Frazier and Simpson got into an argument about loud music playing on Frazier’s iPod. Simpson testified that Frazier started a physical altercation, though other witnesses testified Simpson threw the first punch. Simpson said she then went to her room to get her inhaler but also grabbed a pocket knife. When Frazier and her friends attacked Simpson again, she started swinging the knife, she testified.
When she saw Frazier’s blood, Simpson called 911.
Simpson: “Bowie State University. Can you talk to them, please? Can you talk to them? I’m sorry! Why would y’all jump me? Why you had to do that?”
911: “Hello, ma’am?”
Simpson: “Why y’all have to jump me?”
911: “Hello, can you hear me?”
Simpson testified that she then followed Frazier as she stumbled into the hallway.
Others then called 911.
Caller: “There is an emergency at Bowie State University. She got stabbed. She got stabbed in her throat.”
911: “Hold on, please. What’s your name?”
The medical examiner testified that the cut Frazier suffered could have killed her in minutes, if not seconds.
Simpson could have been convicted on charges ranging from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter, but the jury cleared her of any charges.