Court Docs: Mom groped daughter before fatal stabbing

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne woman told police she stabbed her mother to death after she woke up to the woman groping her, according to court documents.

Kennishewa Whitley, 24, was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of her mother, Stacy Jennings, 49, at an apartment complex early Wednesday morning.

Police initially responded to the 1300 block of Greene Street around 3 a.m. to investigate what they called an “unknown problem.” Court documents reveal that Whitley, who also goes by the name Raina Swopshire, called 911 and told the dispatcher that her mother tried to assault her and that she killed her. She also told the dispatcher that she took a knife from Jennings and used it to stab her.

Kennishewa Whitley
Kennishewa Whitley

According to a probable cause affidavit, Whitley answered the door holding her cell phone and charger and was covered in blood.

Officers entered an apartment at Villages of Hanna and found a woman who had been stabbed.

Jennings was lying right inside the doorway face down with a “large amount of blood on the floor,” the affidavit said.

Police called medics for assistance. When they arrived, they pronounced the woman dead. Whitley was placed in handcuffs and taken to the police station for questioning.

During a police interview, Whitley told police that Jennings had recently moved in with her. That night the two were arguing because Whitley did not want her mother doing drugs at her home, according to court documents.

Whitley said she suspected Jennings was high on drugs and she later found a little black bag with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Whitley told investigators that eventually went to sleep in the living but she woke up to her mother fondling her. Whitley punched Jennings and the two started to fight, the affidavit said. Whitley said Jennings ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife but Whitley was able to take it. She told police she “just started swinging,” court documents said. She said she boiled over and lost control.

An autopsy found that 49-year-old Jennings died of multiple stab wounds and her death was ruled a homicide, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said.

Whitley was arrested on preliminary charges of Aggravated Battery, Battery Resulting in serious bodily injury and Criminal Recklessness.

Whitley is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 17. Bond is set at $250,000.

A Facebook page called “Justice for Kennishewa” was created in September 2019. It is described as a personal blog and several posts on the page detail allegations of sexual abuse against Jason Swopshire.

One post, dated September 16, details a story of being sexually abused by an adoptive father from the age of 14 to 16.

“I am seeking justice for myself and for all of the young girls around the world who have and who sadly will be molested and never have the resources or support to get the right help and get justice,” the post reads.

Mugshot of Jason Swopshire courtesy of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court records, Jason Swopshire, 46, faces multiple charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. The charges were filed in Allen County Superior Court in Nov. 24, 2019.

The abuse occurred between 2009 and 2011, according to a probable cause affidavit. The name of the victim is redacted because she was a minor, however victim’s age matches up with the age Whitley would have been at the time.

The victim said Swopshire took her virginity and engaged in sexual intercourse with her “on average once every other day,” the affidavit said.

Swopshire is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 22.

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