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A Boardman woman accused of fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a murder charge on Thursday.
Tequila M. Haskins, 28, remains at the Mahoning County Jail on a $250,000 bond. She is due back in Mahoning County Boardman Area Court on July 16, but she likely will be indicted by a grand jury before that.
Haskins, of 812 Moyer Ave., told police she fatally stabbed Brian E. Tubbs, 28, about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after she confronted Tubbs about him being naked with another woman inside their home. The woman was a neighbor, according to reports.
Haskins told police Tubbs “went after her” and she stabbed him, reports said. Police filed a murder charge against Haskins, an employee of Hampton Woods Nursing Center in Poland, on Wednesday.
According to a police report, Haskins stabbed Tubbs in the arm, chest and throat. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he later died.
Reports said when officers arrived, Haskins yelled “I stabbed him and he’s not breathing.” Officers noted Haskins’ hands were covered in blood.
Crime scene investigators found Tubbs in a second-floor bedroom wearing only a tank top covered in blood, and there was blood on the floor and walls. Officers found a bloody knife in an adjacent bedroom, which reports said Haskins told officers she used to stab Tubbs.
Reports said a family member took custody of Haskins’ two children, who were a few apartments away from the home at the time of the stabbing.