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Defense in Bloomington murder case seeking prior abuse victim
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Defense in Bloomington murder case seeking prior abuse victim

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BLOOMINGTON — Jurors considering murder charges against Leila Jackson in the stabbing death of a man may hear about allegations of prior domestic abuse involving the victim and another woman, a judge has ruled.

But in order to share that information, the defense must locate the woman allegedly abused by Quantez Brown, according to an order by Judge Casey Costigan.

Jackson, 22, is accused of fatally stabbing Brown in July 2018 during a dispute outside her home in the 400 block of North Roosevelt Street. According to arguments by Jackson's lawyers, Jackson acted in self-defense after he allegedly threatened her.

Defense in fatal stabbing seeks information on victim's past

After a hearing Wednesday, defense lawyer Philip Finegan said the ruling supports that "Quantez Brown's violent actions would be relevant in this case and our self-defense claim that he was the alleged aggressor."

The defense contends Jackson knew of Brown's alleged history of domestic abuse against women. That knowledge caused her to defend herself against his aggressive attempts to start a relationship when he came to her home the night of the stabbing, according to the defense.

The state claims Jackson may have heard about Jackson's reputation but there's no evidence she knew of specific allegations.

Finegan asked for a 60-day continuance in the case to allow a private investigator time to track down the woman involved in the prior domestic dispute.

An Aug. 5 hearing is scheduled in the case.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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