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The trial continues for a Bowie State University student charged with first-degree murder in 2011 after allegedly fatally stabbing her roommate during a dispute.

During the Prince George's jury trial Thursday, accused killer Alexis Simpson, 19, of District Heights testified of the ongoing arguments between herself and the victim, Dominique Frazier, 18, of Washington, D.C.

She spoke of the two not getting along since becoming roommates in their sophomore year at BSU and spoke of the Sept. 15, 2011, events that led to Frazier's neck being sliced open inside their apartment, which she admitted to, but claim was accidental.

"I never meant to stab her. I didn't mean I kill her," she said while fighting back tears.

She said he grabbed a knife after the two, along with two of Frazier's friends, got into a physical altercation after Simpson turned off an iPod that had been playing music. Simpson said she grabbed a knife because she felt scared and thought it would cause the others to leave her alone.

State prosecutors said Simpson provoked the confrontation and went towards Frazier and her friends rather than staying in her own room or leaving the apartment.

Prosecutors also said a medical examiner who testified said that a roughly two-inch-deep knife wound was found on Frazier's lower neck following the incident inside the on-campus apartment.

Defense attorney Douglas Wood said Simpson was feeling threatened by Frazier and her friends and had previously looked into getting her assigned room changed to move away from them.

John Erzen, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office, said that the trial, which started Tuesday, is expected to finish Thursday, though it is unknown when the jury might reach a verdict.

djgross@gazette.net