Woman pleads guilty in fatal stabbing of Baltimore woman

Michelle Johnson, Courtesy of Baltimore City Police

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A Baltimore woman will spend the next 35 years behind bars for fatally stabbing another woman.

According to the Baltimore City State's Attorney, 23-year-old Michelle Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to the stabbing death of Carla Harrison in West Baltimore and will be sentenced on April 28. Johnson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Harrison on April 4, 2015. She'll be sentenced to life, suspend all but 35 years, and three years of probation.

Baltimore Police were patrolling the area of Edmondson Ave. by N. Dukeland St. when they observed a group of women arguing outside a carryout restaurant. The officers ordered them to leave the area, which they did, but just 15 minutes later the group was seen again outside the same carryout eatery.

When officers stepped out of their patrol car, Johnson took off running, according to the State's Attorney. Police chased Johnson for a short distance before finding her hiding behind some dumpsters. When police handcuffed Johnson, they noticed blood on her clothes and she told them that it was not her own blood.

Officers returned to the scene and found Harrison lying in a pool of blood. She was stabbed five times, suffering from six cutting wounds. Two of those stab wounds punctured her heart. As a result, Harrison died from her injuries. Surveillance cameras captured the stabbing, which the State's Attorney's Office called "senseless."

"Verbal disputes should never be handled with physical violence," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. "As I have said before, street justice does not prevail in the court of law, nor will it be tolerated."

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