Tiffany James convicted of reckless murder in teen’s stabbing death during the melee

Tiffany James, 20, was found guilty of reckless homicide Friday in connection with teen’s stabbing death.

(Metro Corrections)

A Kentucky woman who was accused last year of fatally stabbing a teen during a melee in which a group of young people was found guilty of reckless murder Friday, according to reports.

After deliberating for more than two hours, the Jefferson County jury found Tiffany James, 20, guilty in the death of Madison Branch, 14.

During the trial, James testified in her own defense that the municipality was among a group of girls who bullied her and her sister. She said that she tried to protect her younger sister, when the group approached them in June 2017 outside a Speedway gas station in Portland, near Louisville.

James told jurors she waved a knife in front of the Branch, Branch, but took her anyway, Louisville FOX station WDRB-TV reported.

The woman is charged with killing a teenager in the district of Portland is found guilty of reckless homicide: | @SJohnsonWDRB @SaraSideryWDRB

— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) September 8, 2018

“I absolutely did not mean for any of this to happen,” James told the jurors, adding: “(Branch) would have to let go of me and walked away, that made me believe she also had a weapon.”

James told the jury that she stabbed the Branch, causing them to bleed internally.

The jury found James not guilty to murder and second-degree murder but recommended a five-year sentence, WDRB reported.

James’ final condemnation hearing is scheduled for October. 30. The judge will decide if James goes to prison or is probated. She has already served 14 months through the prison and a home confinement program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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