Argument leads to stabbing, second-degree murder charge in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 12, 2019



WARREN — Was it murder or an act of self-defense?

That question could ultimately be weighed by a judge and jury after a stabbing in the parking lot of a Warren apartment building that left a man dead March 9 and a woman charged with second-degree murder.

Brianna Lashea Conner-Washington, 25, of Detroit, was arraigned March 12 on the charge of second-degree murder. She is accused of fatally stabbing 24-year-old Maurice Carpenter in the parking lot of his residence at the Georgetown Manor Apartments, near Martin and Hoover roads.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the staff at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, at 12 Mile and Hoover roads, alerted investigators after Carpenter was dropped off at the hospital at about 11:20 p.m. March 8.

Dwyer said Conner-Washington allegedly drove Carpenter to the hospital and ran inside to get security personnel, who transported Carpenter inside on a gurney. She was reportedly gone by the time police arrived. Carpenter died at about 6:30 a.m. the next morning.

The investigation continued and police arrested Conner-Washington without incident in Detroit at about 10:30 a.m. March 9.

“They had broken up back in November. The suspect in the case had gone to his apartment to discuss their relationship and they got into an argument, and it resulted in the victim being stabbed,” Dwyer said. “Conflicting stories. She indicates it was self-defense.”

Conner-Washington requested a court-appointed attorney at her arraignment in the 37th District Court, where Judge Suzanne Faunce set bail at $2 million. She remained held in the Macomb County Jail at press time ahead her next scheduled court appearance: a probable cause conference set for March 19. A preliminary examination was also scheduled for March 26.

The charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of any term up to life in prison.