On Sept. 15, students were preparing for a homecoming comedy show when Simpson and Frazier got into an argument over loud music playing from Frazier’s iPod.
The two had had a number of fights that semester. The attorney for the defense said Simpson told dorm management, “They are threatening me, and I’m afraid they are going to jump me … I just want to change rooms.â€ But her request was denied.
“She (Dominique Frazier) slammed the door and hit me in my face with the door pretty hard … It caused my head to jerk,”Â Simpson said on the witness stand. “She opened her door and stepped out … She said ‘What’s up?’ and started to swing. She uppercut me while holding my hair.â€
In the fight that continued, Simpson took out a pocket knife to defend herself and cut Frazier’s neck in the scuffle.
“Kiaira (Johnson, the victim’s friend) began to attack, pulling me by my hair, and I was scared,” Simpson said on the witness stand. “I did not know what they were going to do next. They continued to hit me, so I swung the knife … Then Dominique stopped swinging and grabbed her neck and blood was coming out, and I just wanted to help her.â€
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