Paraplegic woman sentenced in fatal stabbing of high school basketball player
A 32-year-old paraplegic woman was sentenced Thursday to 16 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing a high school basketball player in 2009, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Treauna Turner was convicted in December of second-degree murder in the slaying of Yolanda Kennard, a student at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.
Turner's and Kennard’s mothers were romantic rivals for the same man, prosecutors said. On the morning of April 15, 2009, Treauna Turner had threatened to kill members of Kennard’s family.
That day, Turner, who uses a wheelchair, approached Kennard near the corner of Buckingham Road and Santa Rosalia Drive in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Turner was accompanied by three other women, including her mother, Pamela Johnson, a co-defendant in the case. Kennard was together with several friends and family members.
When Turner reached Kennard, Turner drew a knife and stabbed Kennard in the chest, prosecutors said. The high school student was pronounced dead less than an hour later.
Johnson, Turner’s mother, was acquitted of assaulting the victim’s mother following the stabbing, according to prosecutors.
-- Ann M. Simmons