Knoxville woman found guilty of voluntary manslaughter

Knoxville woman found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in boyfriend's stabbing

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"Thank God. Thank God. I'm about to start a new life with me and my baby," Tyeisha Stewart said. "Thank God. Thank God. I'm about to start a new life with me and my baby," Tyeisha Stewart said.
"It hurts just as if it was that day and to see the person who did it to just smile and walk away from the courtroom...Self defense was not proven. The jury did not look at the evidence," Terry Jefferson said afterward. "It hurts just as if it was that day and to see the person who did it to just smile and walk away from the courtroom...Self defense was not proven. The jury did not look at the evidence," Terry Jefferson said afterward.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County jury found Tyeisha Stewart guilty of voluntary manslaughter Wednesday in the 2007 stabbing of her boyfriend, D'juansay Freeman.

Stewart, 23, was charged with second degree murder, but the jury of eight women and four men was allowed to consider lesser charges.

Stewart smiled when the jury delivered its verdict. "Thank God. Thank God," she said afterward. "I'm about to start a new life with me and my baby."

Freeman's mother, Terry Jefferson, began crying hysterically and was asked to leave courtroom.

Stewart took the stand Tuesday in her own defense and claimed the stabbing was in self defense.

During her testimony Tuesday, Stewart said Freeman was frequently abusive. On the day he was killed, she claimed, she only slashed at him with a knife to scare him off as he as choking her.

Knox County Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan told the jury a deep stab punctured Freeman's lungs.

Crime scene photos failed to show signs of a struggle.

"It hurts just as if it was that day and to see the person who did it to just smile and walk away from the courtroom...Self defense was not proven. The jury did not look at the evidence," Jefferson said afterward.

"She got on the stand saying she loves my son. If you loved my son, how can you walk away from here smiling?" Jefferson added.

Stewart is scheduled to be sentenced on August 6.

The maximum penalty for voluntary manslaughter is six years, but the judge could also opt to give Stewart probation.

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