Russell County courts: Tanisha Nicole Sharpe pleads guilty to manslaughter in boyfriend's fatal stabbing

The Russell County woman who this week has been on trial for murder in the stabbing death last year of her boyfriend pleaded guilty to manslaughter today, court authorities said.

Twenty-six-year-old Tanisha Nicole Sharpe pleaded to the lesser charge and later will be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Al Johnson, said Buster Landreau, chief deputy district attorney.

Phenix City police charged Sharpe with fatally stabbing Dwantai Cordary Jones, 23, with whom she shared an apartment at Clover Leaf, 2813 Stadium Drive. Witnesses said that on the night of on May 22, 2011, Sharpe came home after having been out with a friend and found she was locked out of the residence. A neighbor testified that he saw her sitting on her car and boosted her on the apartment’s second-floor balcony, after which she came to the door and thanked him.

The neighbor, Philip Honable, said Sharpe banged on his door 20 minutes later and brought him to her apartment, where he found Jones stabbed in the chest.