Police say 34-year-old woman fatally stabbed man at South Dallas apartment

Renita Harris faces a charge of murder in connection with the slaying of Reginald Daniels, 54, early Tuesday.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested after police say she stabbed a man to death early Tuesday at a South Dallas apartment complex.

Renita Harris faces a charge of murder in connection with the slaying of 54-year-old Reginald Daniels. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney.

Police were called just after 3 a.m. Tuesday about a stabbing in the 2300 block of J.B. Jackson Jr. Boulevard, just south of Fair Park, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.

Daniels was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The victim’s brother told police that Daniels had been in a fight with Harris at an apartment and that the two eventually went outside. Shortly after, he said, he heard someone yell “she stabbed him” and saw Daniels bleeding on a staircase outside, the affidavit says.

Another witness told police where Harris lived. Officers saw a trail of blood leading to her door and another trail of blood from Daniels’ apartment to a gutter, where they found a silver knife, the affidavit says.

During a search of Harris’ apartment, detectives found a black jacket that appeared to have blood on it as well as blood on the doorway, floor and on a shelf near to the entryway, the affidavit says.

In an interview with detectives, Harris said she and another woman had gone to Daniels’ apartment to sell him alcohol. Harris said she and Daniels got in an argument and that he made the other woman leave, the affidavit says.

Harris said Daniels began assaulting her and that he let her go after the other woman began breaking the apartment’s windows. She told police that she saw Daniels follow the other woman outside and that she “could not explain what happened after that,” only that Daniels was on the stairs bleeding, according to the affidavit.

After detectives told Harris about the physical evidence they recovered and said that witnesses had given contradictory statements about the incident, she insisted the stabbing was in self-defense and that everyone was lying except her, the affidavit says.

Harris was being held in the Dallas County jail on Wednesday, with bail set at $100,000.

Catherine Marfin, Breaking News Reporter. Catherine covers breaking news at The Dallas Morning News. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied journalism and public relations. While at UT, Catherine served as managing editor of The Daily Texan, UT's student paper, and interned at the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle. @catherinemarfin
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