Teen girl fatally stabbed during dispute

June 26, 2008 4:16:34 PM PDT
Police say a 15-year-old girl was fatally stabbed as she and her friends assaulted a man near his home in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens. The 39-year-old man told detectives he was jumped by the group outside his Bedell Street home just before 10:30 p.m. last night.

Police say he pulled a knife to defend himself, and stabbed 15-year-old Keyanna Jones in the chest.

She was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

Following the stabbing, the group grabbed the man and held him for police.

The man was taken to the 113rd Precinct, where he told detectives the stabbing was in self defense.

He sustained injuries consistent to a beating, leading investigators to believe his story.

Charges are likely manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, and are pending consultation with the Queens District Attorney's Office.