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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Jury convicts Shawnee woman in 2012 homicide

  • A Pottawatomie County jury on Wednesday convicted a Shawnee woman of first-degree murder for the 2012 stabbing death of an Oklahoma City woman.
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    A Pottawatomie County jury on Wednesday convicted a Shawnee woman of first-degree murder for the 2012 stabbing death of an Oklahoma City woman.
    Heather Nicole Checotah, 23, was accused of stabbing Gina Raechel Swain in the chest with a knife on Feb. 5, 2012, at Chapel Ridge Apartments.
    After deliberating about 50 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. The jury recommended Checotah serve a life in prison.
    The stabbing occurred in the parking lot of the complex, where Shawnee police officers arrived outside the area of Building 20 to find Swain sitting in a chair with a stab wound.
    According to the arrest affidavit filed with these charges, police spoke with a woman at the scene who reportedly told police that Checotah, her ex-girlfriend, had stabbed Swain with a kitchen knife.
    Swain, who went by Medi Flight helicopter ambulance to OU Medical Center, died the next day.
    Police arrested Checotah at a Shawnee residence the day of the stabbing.
     
     

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