OAKLAND -- Jury deliberations are underway at the murder trial for a Berkeley man who says he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed and slashed a 26-year-old woman hundreds of times with a long kitchen knife.
Berkeley residence Jennifer "Jessica" Kingeter was found dead in the blood-soaked bathroom of Jamaal Prince in an East Oakland apartment on Dec. 28, 2012, with her clothes ripped from her upper body.
Prosecutor Danielle Hilton told jurors that Prince, 36, attacked Kingeter in the course of an attempted rape because she refused him sex he thought he deserved for providing cocaine and alcohol that night.
"Jessica was a fighter, she wasn't going down without a fight," Hilton said. "It was revenge for not having sex with him, not paying attention to him after he bought the drugs and alcohol."
Hilton said Prince was in the bathroom with Kingeter's body for two hours before he ran naked to a neighbor's house claiming that a man had stabbed him and killed his "(expletive)." He had cuts on his hands, and a stab wound to his thigh.
Kingeter's friend Julius Johnson testified that the three of them were hanging out doing cocaine when Prince started "tripping" and waving a knife. Scared for his life, he said he ran out of the apartment thinking that Kingeter was behind him. He said that he was worried for her safety but didn't call police when he reached a pay phone 10 blocks away.
Hilton, on Wednesday, asked jurors to convict Prince of first-degree murder, while defense attorney Al Thews asked for a voluntary manslaughter verdict.
Thews argued that Kingeter stabbed Prince in the bathroom first. Prince was trying to defend himself initially and then, as his anger and emotions intensified, he killed Kingeter in the heat of passion, Thews said.
Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon.
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