Fort Worth sisters jailed in fatal stabbing of 18-year-old woman

Posted Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013  Print Reprints

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A broken window sparked a series of fights among women at a west side apartment complex, resulting in the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old woman and the arrest of two sisters in connection with her death, officials said.

Ikea Tytta Haynes, 24, and Keisysha Winfield, 23, were arrested Monday on murder warrants.

The two sisters are accused of stabbing Tyuana Clark multiple times, including in the throat, early Friday at the Bellagio Apartments.

The suspects’ mother, 45-year-old Denise Harrison, faces an aggravated assault charge on accusations she cut another woman during an earlier fight at the complex.

Police had been called to the Bellagio Apartments in the 3000 block of Las Vegas Trail on a cutting call about 12:30 a.m. Friday where they found Clark and the other injured woman.

Clark died at 1:43 a.m. Friday in the emergency room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.

The injured woman was treated at a local hospital and released, police said.

According to homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson, investigators learned another resident’s window had been broken by an unidentified woman earlier in the night.

“This incident caused several fights to erupt during the night between several women,” Johnson said.

In the first fight, Harrison stabbed a woman with a cutting instrument, inflicting non-life-threatening injuries, Johnson said.

Johnson said some time later, Clark had asked a group of people outside the complex who had stabbed her friend when she was stabbed multiple times by Haynes and Winfield.

Only the injured woman lived at the apartment complex, Johnson said.

Shaterrica Haynes said Tuesday night that her sisters were only defending themselves against 20 to 30 other people, most of them young women and a few boys.

Shaterrica Haynes said her family is from east Fort Worth, but when her mother moved to a west-side apartment complex, her sisters went to stay with her. She said a “clique” of west-side girls was picking on her sisters because they weren’t from the neighborhood.

She said Winfield told her that they did not have a knife when the fight started, but Winfield said she picked up a blade that was brought by one of the other girls and started waving it at the crowd.

“I don’t know if she even stabbed the girl,” Shaterrica Haynes said. “All they care about is an 18-year-old girl got stabbed and killed. They don’t care about my sisters defending themselves.”

Johnson said anyone with additional information in the case should contact homicide Detective Randy Watkins “as all witness accounts are very important to this investigation.”

Ikea Haynes and Winfield were being held in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail set at $100,000 in the murder case.

Harrison, who had been arrested Friday, also remained in the Mansfield jail Wednesday with bail in the aggravated assault case set at $50,000.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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