UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman on trial on a criminal homicide charge in the stabbing death of her boyfriend on Christmas Day in 2018 has taken the stand to assert that she acted in self-defense.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that 28-year-old Dominique Jones alleged on the stand Friday that the stabbing at the Holiday Inn Express in Uniontown followed years of abuse by 25-year-old Tre Montel McCargo.

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Jones said an argument that day turned physical and she grabbed a kitchen knife and swung it to defend herself, ultimately stabbing him in the neck. But she said “I was just trying to get him off of me. I wasn’t trying to kill him.”

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Fayette County prosecutors, however, earlier characterized her as a jealous and angry woman. Assistant District Attorney Wendy O’Brien said Jones believed McCargo was cheating on her after she looked at his cellphone while he slept on Christmas Day.

Jurors were expected to return to court to hear closing arguments and begin deliberations.

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