Westchester woman, 18, acquitted in fatal stabbing of teen girl

By Dave Dellecese

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - An 18-year-old woman has been acquitted of manslaughter in the deadly stabbing of a girl a witness said had been recruited to fight her.

Eighteen-year-old Krystle Fernandez shed tears of relief as the jury verdict was announced Thursday. Her lawyer, Andrew Quinn, says Fernandez was "as scared as an 18-year-old girl would be." Fernandez claimed self-defense in the September 2006 fracas that left 16-year-old Yorktown High School student Elsa Camacho dead.

A cousin of Camacho's testified that a 29-year-old woman had persuaded the victim to fight Fernandez, with whom the older woman didn't get along. The cousin testified that the woman was concerned about fighting a minor.

Camacho's half-brother, Ishmael Martinez, says the verdict doesn't make much difference because it won't bring his half-sister back.

Information from: The Journal News,


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