Lashawn Lewis Sentenced in Mother's Death

Jury convicted her of stabbing her mother in 2005

Tom Puckett
November 08, 2018 - 3:37 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A Buffalo woman will spend 25 years to life in prison for the 2005 stabbing death of her mother.

A jury earlier this year convicted Lashawn Lewis of stabbing her mother 50-year-old Lateyfa Lewis, more than 40 times throughout her body inside the victim’s home on Orange Street in the City of Buffalo.

“No matter how many years have passed, my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute all cold case homicides committed in Erie County,” said DA John Flynn. 

Lewis proclaimed her innocence during the trial, but Flynn points to two key points of evidence. "The defendant was wearing a distinctive elephant earring that was found under her mother's body after the homicide, with one of the posts in the earring bent," explains Flynn. "There were also blood droplets of the mother on the back of the defendant's shirt. The only way the blood droplets got on the back would be consistent with the knife, and someone's arm going up and down and the blood flying onto the back of her shirt."

Flynn adds Lewis was the only person with a key to the house with no sign of forced entry, washed her hands prior to medical personnel, and she never called police.

Flynn believes the motive was an argument over money because Lashawn Lewis had a drug habit at the time.

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