Midwest City woman charged with murder in stabbing death of boyfriend

Asja Smith, 36, of Midwest City, told police she retaliated after Walter Garland III, 48, of Oklahoma City, assaulted, stabbed her.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm •  Published: July 23, 2013
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A Midwest City woman charged Tuesday with first-degree murder told police she acted in self-defense when she “went at” her boyfriend with a knife, court records show.

Oklahoma County prosecutors allege Asja T. Smith, 36, fatally stabbed Walter Garland III, 48, of Oklahoma City, July 16 at 1613 SE 52, where Garland lived.

Smith, identified as Asia Smith by police in a probable cause affidavit, told investigators she retaliated after Garland attacked and stabbed her during an altercation.

“ … she thought the victim was going to kill her,” a detective wrote in the affidavit, adding that Smith said Garland “has pulled a knife on her before.”

Police found Garland lying on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds to his arms and neck. He was taken to OU Medical Center where he later died.

Investigators seized two serrated steak knives and a serrated kitchen knife from the victim's residence, records show.

Officers went to the same address Nov. 21 and found Garland with a cut running across his left ear to his jaw line. He told police he had been dating Smith for about four years, and they were ending their relationship. Smith cut him during an argument about the return of property, according to a police report.

Various court records also list the defendant's first name as Aisha and Asha.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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