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Woman indicted in fatal stabbing during road rage incident

September 5, 2019

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Fall River woman who authorities say fatally stabbed another woman in the neck during a road rage incident has been indicted.

The Enterprise reports that a Plymouth County grand jury indicted 32-year-old Jacqueline Avelino Mendes on charges of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Mendes and 41-year-old Jennifer Landry were involved in a “traffic confrontation” in Brockton on June 28.

Authorities say Mendes stabbed the Brockton woman then drove away before turning herself into police.

Mendes was initially charged with attempted murder, but the charge was upgraded after Landry died at the hospital the next day.

Mendes’ attorney, Joseph Krowski Jr., calls the stabbing a case of self-defense.

Mendes will be arraigned in Brockton Superior Court.

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Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com

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