Two people were indicted Tuesday in separate Columbus murder cases, court records state.
Cynthia Sanders, 50, and Gregory L. Houston, 45, each were indicted for murder and on a weapons charge. Houston also faces a charge of aggravated assault.
Sanders is accused of fatally stabbing Calvin Lee Jones, 33, on Oct. 25 at a School House Drive home. Sanders is the mother of one of Jones’ ex-girlfriends.
According to testimony, Jones threw a table lamp at Sanders and grabbed her arm during a struggle, causing bruising to her right arm.
Defense attorney Stacey Jackson, who represents Sanders, argued before a judge that Sanders had no duty to retreat when Jones approached her and that she had a right to defend herself.
Police said Sanders stabbed Jones in the chest with a kitchen knife during a struggle.
Sanders has a $50,000 bond. She remained in the Muscogee County Jail on Tuesday.
Houston is accused of fatally stabbing Rajneesh McPherson, 24, multiple times on Dec. 6, 2009. Police said the men were arguing over sleeping arrangements at a Farwell Drive home.
McPherson lived at the home with his sister; Houston, whom she dated, and two children, police said.
McPherson and Houston were in the kitchen during the argument.
The two had been arguing for about two minutes when Houston allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed McPherson multiple times, police said.
Houston remained at the Muscogee County Jail under no bond on Tuesday.