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Woman charged with murder in downtown Minneapolis stabbing pleads not guilty

Shermeika Franklin Photo: Hennepin County
Shermeika Franklin

Updated: July 29, 2019 05:28 PM

A Minneapolis woman charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection to a fatal stabbing in May has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show that Shermeika Nacole Franklin, 39, entered the plea Monday. She is charged with second-degree murder - with intent but not premeditated and second-degree murder - without intent while committing a felony in connection to the May 25th incident that left 42-year-old Mesheka Willis dead.

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The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said after the incident that police were called to a parking lot near the 800 block of Hennepin Avenue S. where Willis was found lying on the asphalt. Two people were rendering first-aid, but Willis died hours later.

Investigators received a call from a woman who said Franklin robbed her and stabbed Willis. The attorney's office said surveillance video showed Franklin arguing with Willis, the two circling each other and then Willis staggering away and falling to the ground.

A trial is set to begin in November.

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