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Video of deadly Detroit bus stabbing shown in court

Witnesses testify about what happened before 50-year-old Charla William was stabbed to death

DETROIT – Witness accounts say it was an argument between three women which lasted about 20 minutes before the victim started to leave the Detroit Department of Transportation bus at Rosa Parks and the Boulevard.

One witness said it didn't get physical until an older woman got up and shoved her walker at the defendant, telling her to move.

That's when a man on the bus started recording it on his phone. The defendant, Tiffanie Edwards, is shown in the video wearing black. The victim, 50-year-old Charla Williams, is shown in white.

"I think clearly we see that Ms. Edwards was defending herself," said defense attorney Kareem Johnson. "She was on the bus. She was attacked by an object that was being used as a weapon and she did what she thought was necessary to defend herself at that time."

Witnesses say it started when a mother took exception with the victim's foul language around children and that it escalated when she bumped the defendant with her walker as she tried to get off the bus.

At that point, witnesses say, Williams was bleeding badly. The video shows her hand appear with blood on it. Edwards it shown charging at Williams once more as the video ends.

Edwards, 29, is first-degree murder. Her preliminary examination is adjourned until Thursday morning.


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