Friend accused of stabbing woman to death during fight

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that happened near 28th Street and Broadway Friday morning.

When emergency crews got to the scene, they found Leticia Phelps, 36, with several stab wounds. She was transported to a hospital where she died from her injuries.

Police questioned Shacola Trammell, 26, who was seen fleeing the scene by witnesses and has now been identified as the suspect.

Officers were called out to the area of 4400 S. 28th Street for a stabbing/cutting call at about 9 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they were told the suspect had fled after being involved in an altercation with the victim. Witnesses told police they heard a commotion outside of the apartment complex.

Police say the victim's daughter was asleep in a bedroom of the home when she heard the altercation between her mother and Trammell. The suspect allegedly stabbed the victim numerous times during their fight.

The motive of the fatal stabbing remains unclear at this time. 3TV has learned the suspect was a family friend of the victim. The investigation is ongoing. Trammell will face first-degree murder charges.