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Woman charged in Sawyer Street stabbing death pleaded not guilty

Posted at: 11/13/2012 11:23 AM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 6:45 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A Rochester woman is charged with killing her boyfriend. Her family says it was self defense. Her family also says he has a criminal record and that's backed up by the police.

26-year-old Tanisha Davis entered a not guilty plea to second degree murder. Davis is accused of stabbing, and killing, her boyfriend, 35-year-old Montreall Wright early Sunday. News10NBC learned Wright has spent time in jail.

According to the court paperwork, Davis is accused of stabbing Wright with a knife in the right side of his neck. Both the families of Davis and Wright came to see her be arraigned and there were emotional outbursts outside of court.

The sister of Wright was crying and had to be consoled by friends. She told News10NBC on Monday that her brother and Davis had an on-again, off-again relationship for years and that he was a good man.

Both families says the two had a rocky and sometime violent relationship. Rochester Police confirm they have responded in the past to domestic violence calls between the couple.

Davis's family says they urged the two to stop seeing each other for years.

John Bartholomew, step father, “This is my step daughter and I tried to get her to come and live with us numerous times over the past few years. When Mont was in jail for an extended period of time, I tried to get her to move out to the country with us and start a new life with my step (grand)son and her.”

Davis' step father mention that Wright spent time in jail. News10NBC checked on that and according to the New York State Corrections website, he did time for burglary.

Davis is being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail. She is due back in court on November 16 at 11 a.m.