UPDATE: UA student guilty in roommate's stabbing

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TUCSON -- A jury has convicted a 19-year-old woman of first-degree murder for stabbing her roommate to death in their University of Arizona dorm room.

Guilty on two counts

Prosecutors say Galareka Harrison stabbed Mia Henderson 23 times with a knife that she had bought before the attack on Sept. 5, 2007.

Both women were Navajo tribal members from northern Arizona, and members of the nation reeled under news of the incident.

The Pima County jury deliberated about 3 1/2 hours on Friday before reaching the verdict. Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.

Henderson had accused Harrison of stealing her student ID charge card, a Social Security card, checks and $500 from a bank account.

Harrison was also found guilty of three forgery counts and identity theft.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Start of trial nears for UA slaying case

TUCSON -- Trial is near in the case of a University of Arizona student accused of stabbing her roommate to death.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Nanette Warner gave questionnaires to 150 prospective jurors Wednesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will review the questionnaires and on Monday discuss with Warner any prospective jurors who should be dismissed because of their answers.

Nineteen-year-old Galareka Harrison is charged with the Sept. 5 killing of fellow Navajo Nation member Mia Henderson.

Authorities said Henderson was stabbed as she slept in the women's dorm room.

Authorities said Harrison was upset that she had been accused of stealing by the 18-year-old Henderson.

Harrison is charged with first-degree murder as well as forgery and identity theft of another student.

Information from: Tucson Citizen

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