Thursday, April 3, 2003

Killing follows argument

The Associated Press

XENIA, Ohio - A woman was stabbed and killed after a dispute over loud music, authorities said.

Martina Thomas, 32, was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Deana Bryant, 27. The women were neighbors in a six-unit apartment building.

"This whole incident was over loud music," said Greene County Sheriff's Maj. William Harden.

He said witnesses told investigators that Thomas confronted Bryant about the volume of her music after Bryant turned it up about 11 p.m. Monday.

Harden said Thomas and Bryant had called police on each other about loud music at least eight times since 1999.

County coroner's investigator Claude Lyons said Bryant was stabbed in the shoulder.

The knife hit an artery, causing her to bleed to death, he said.

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