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Woman stabbed last month dies; Fort Worth police to seek murder charge

Shelby LaShard Williams
Shelby LaShard Williams Tarrant County Sheriff's Department

A 26-year-old man jailed last month in the stabbing of a woman at a group home now faces a murder charge because she has died.

Sarah Ann Champion, 47, was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Champion was hospitalized May 10 after police responded to a report of a stabbing at a group home in the 5000 block of Norma Street.

Detective J.G. Kalbfleisch said Champion and the suspect, Shelby Lashard Williams, were residents of the home, which caters to mental-health clients.

An argument broke out while the two were doing chores, which apparently prompted Williams to stab Champion with a knife, he said.

Williams was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

With Champion’s death, Kalbfleisch said, he will pursue a murder charge.

Williams remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $20,000, according to online records.

Court records say state District Judge Scott Wisch has ordered Williams be examined to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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