According to court documents, Erika, a 31-year-old woman, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing her mother and severely injuring her aunt.
The incident occurred just six hours after both victims had a confrontation with the defendant. Responding to a disturbance call, officers initially sought to take Erika into custody for assault and child endangerment, but the DA’s office declined due to insufficient evidence.
Prosecutors revealed that Erika, who was reportedly intoxicated during the initial call, later donned a mask before breaking into her mother Teri’s residence.
Once inside, Erika stabbed her 51-year-old mother to death and inflicted severe injuries on her 63-year-old aunt. After the attack, Erika left the scene, changed clothes at her home, and returned to the crime scene. Fortunately, her aunt was able to identify her.
During questioning, the 31-year-old daughter claimed to have no recollection of the events. However, officers discovered a knife and blood-stained clothes in Erika’s apartment.
Prosecutors emphasized that Erika’s aunt positively identified her as the assailant. The tragic incident unfolded six hours after the initial confrontation between the victims and the defendant, a situation that had prompted the earlier response from law enforcement, despite the subsequent decision not to take Erika into custody.