Lena Smith

Photo of Lena Smith. She is an African-American woman wearing big hoop earrings. She has very curly black hair.Name: Lena “Elaine” Smith.
Died: January 2, 2014.
Age at death: 45.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Schizophrenia.

When Lena’s boyfriend stabbed her to death, he claimed he had done it in self-defense because she had schizophrenia and was violent. Lena did have schizophrenia–but she had been stabbed six times in the back, and the jury didn’t buy his self-defense claim.

Perpetrator: Ulysses Jay James (Ex-boyfriend), convicted of second-degree murder, sentenced to 31 years.

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