A fight broke out just after 6 a.m. Feb. 19, 2012, at a Blount Street apartment.
No matter which version of the story jurors ultimately believe, the subject of the fight between now-deceased Courtney Thomas and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Zabrina White, centered on concerns about infidelity, according to the prosecution and Whites lawyer.
Thomas, 20, died of stab wounds he sustained during the fight. White is charged with murder. Her case is pending in Bibb County Superior Court.
Rick Waller, Whites lawyer, argued in a Wednesday pre-trial hearing that its important jurors hear that Thomas was a gang member so they can understand not just the fight, but why White didnt report prior incidents of domestic violence.
Prosecutor Pamela White-Colbert defended a motion she filed requesting that the judge not allow evidence pertaining to Thomas affiliation with the Crips gang to be presented when White goes to trial.
His membership in a gang has nothing to do with this case, she said.
Waller said White and Thomas were fighting because Thomas thought White was cheating on him with another man.
Gang members take being shown disrespect very seriously, he said. Because of his status in the gang ... he couldnt tolerate that level of disrespect from anyone, let alone his woman.
White-Colbert said evidence at trial will show that the fight was spurred by White thinking Thomas was cheating on her.
Waller said Thomas physically abused White in the past, but that she feared even if he was locked up that Thomas fellow gang members would take care of his business.
Aside from White telling authorities about the alleged domestic violence after Thomas died, there is no evidence of domestic incidents in the couples relationship, White-Colbert said.
She argued there are other reasons why people in an abusive relationship dont report domestic violence.
After hearing both arguments, the judge reserved his ruling until after he researches the issue further.
An early morning fight
Macon police spoke with a witness on the morning of the fight who said Thomas, White and their child had been asleep in the living room of an apartment in the 2700 block of Blount Street, located between Houston Avenue and Broadway just south of Eisenhower Parkway.
At some point, White awoke, called her father and took a shower, according to a police report filed on the day of the killing.
Then Thomas began using profanity while talking with White and struck her in the face, according to the report. He threw a metal folding chair at White and the chair struck White in the face.
White retrieved a knife from the kitchen and Thomas also grabbed a knife. Both began to stab each other. Thomas was stabbed twice in the abdomen and White was stabbed in the arm, according to police.
Thomas fell to the ground and White left.
Thomas was sitting on the floor, barely conscious when police arrived.
At about 9 that morning, police learned White was on Houston Avenue in a car with a family member, headed to The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Police met White at the intersection of Second Street and Eisenhower Parkway. An ambulance took her from the intersection to the hospital, where she received treatment for her stab wound before being taken to the police department for questioning, according to the report.
White was charged with murder and aggravated assault. She was released on $27,700 bond April 17, 2013, according to jail records.
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