Former Bowie State University student Alexis Simpson, 20, is a free woman. Simpson was found not guilty of seven charges brought against her related to the death of her roommate Dominique Frazier on Sept. 15, 2011, according to D.C.-area ABC affiliate WJLA.
The Washington Post reports that the roommates traded insults and fought often. Both the prosecution and defense agreed that they routinely insulted each other, but Simpson's lawyers compelled jurors to agree that she acted quickly to defend her life when a fight over a loud iPod escalated quickly and became violent.
Simpson took the stand on Thursday morning, saying, “She (Dominique) slammed the door and hit me in my face with the door pretty hard … It caused my head to jerk. She opened her door and stepped out … She said 'What’s up?' and started to swing. She uppercut me while holding my hair,” MSNBC reports.
That's when Simpson retrieved her inhaler and a pocketknife from her room, according to the Post. She swung at Frazier and accidentally stabbed her in the neck with the knife.
“I laid down next to her and put my hand on her neck so blood wouldn’t come out," Simpson said. "I started to panic... There was foam coming out of her mouth… I didn’t know what to do,” says MSNBC.
Simpson was released in April on a $250,000 bond. A judge told her to stay at her mother's home.