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Bowie State Student Found Not-Guilty after Killing Her Roommate

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Alexis Simpson, a student at Bowie State University, has been found not guilty after being charged with murdering her roommate, Dominique Frazier.  Simpson said that she was just trying to defend herself when the incident took place.

“I had to defend myself. I was scared,” she said on the stand.

She said that she’d been getting bullied by Frazier and knew that she owned a knife.  The night of the killing, the two got into a fight over music, leading the two women to confront one another.  Simpson said that she pulled out a pocket knife and swung it, with Frazier being hit in the neck.

A friend of Simpson’s, Keaira Johnson, took the stand on behalf of her friend.  She said that she saw the fight on the night it took place.

“Dominique hit her when the girl had the knife in her hand. I think it just happened. I don’t think the girl meant to cut her,” Johnson said.

Simpson says that the attack happened in self-defense.

The stabbing incident at Bowie State reminds me of a fight that one of my daughters had with her roommate.  Like a lot of young women, they were fighting over clothes, iPods or some other meaningless material possession.   My daughter called and gave me her version of events and I just listened.  I then assessed the situation, asked if she was OK and helped her to formulate a strategy on how to deal with the problem (I let my kids solve their own problems, and I merely serve as an adviser).

I reminded my daughter that college is a place to learn and build your life.  It’s not a place to fight or get arrested, and it’s certainly not a good place to die.  I also reminded my daughter that when two black people get into a fight on campus, the authorities have no problem seeing BOTH of the students expelled and/or sent to jail.  You must be strategic and intelligent when resolving disputes, and not just resort to “taking it back to the hood.”

When I hear this story about what happened at Bowie State, I get sad.  You start with two promising young black women who could have gone on to do anything.  Now, you’ve got one woman dead and another that could have spent the rest of her life in prison.  The fact that this nonsense occurred over music is even more irritating.

The point is that when you send your kids to college, teach them to avoid confrontation and make smart decisions.   If they are being bullied, they should tell the authorities, administrators or even the police.  An institution of higher learning is no place for this kind of nonsense.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, “Black American Money.” To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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51 comments

  1. I think college students should have their own room to avoid stuff like what happen… very sad story

  2. People come to college from all different walks of life and with all types of baggage. I was really unhappy in my first year at school because of that. I was afraid sometimes too. By the next year, I found someone with whom I could place my trust.. Sleeping in the same room with someone takes trust. I believe this young woman, emphasis intended, felt threatened. Of course, I do not condone murder, but I understand how it could happen.

  3. This is a sad situation. Two women who both had promising futures. My heart goes out to both families. The young lady that is still alive will have to live with this for the rest of her life. This is not a sense of freedom for her it's a sentencing in it's self.

  4. Wow…It is essential to distance ourselves from "Blackistan"!

  5. Just a few days ago I was sitting in my car waiting for my barber to arrive. I was watching a group of students walking from school through my rear view mirror. Out of no where this girl ran up from behind a another girl who didn’t see her coming and just vicously attacked her knocking her to the ground. The girl that was attacked wasn”t doing any thing to anyone. The girl attacked her in the most violent manner I’ve ever witnessed with the total intent of doing serious bodily harm to her. Had she turned and stabbed that girl to death who attacked her I can tell you now having witnessed this I would have found her not guilty also with out any hesitation. She would have been totally within her right to defend herself. I’m not saying this is the case in this incident because I don’t have all the facts but she does have a right to defend herself.

  6. Just a few days ago I was sitting in my car waiting for my barber to arrive. I was watching a group of students walking from school through my rear view mirror. Out of no where this girl ran up from behind a another girl who didn’t see her coming and just vicously attacked her knocking her to the ground. The girl that was attacked wasn”t doing any thing to anyone. The girl attacked her in the most violent manner I’ve ever witnessed with the total intent of doing serious bodily harm to her. Had she turned and stabbed that girl to death who attacked her I can tell you now having witnessed this I would have found her not guilty also with out any hesitation. She would have been totally within her right to defend herself. I’m not saying this is the case in this incident because I don’t have all the facts but she does have a right to defend herself.

  7. Wow no need of going that far. I try to explain to younger people that their are other ways to handle bullying or confronational people! Its not worth your life or their. Especially over dumb materialist things or a so call special friend, suck your ego in, hold your head up, and be the bigger person…cause your best future is waiting on you!

  8. Why to so many African American women attract so much drama in there lives with absolutely no conflict resolution skills

    • @AL……for the same reason Black males attract so much drama in their lives with absolutely no conflict resolution skills.

  9. THE GIRL IN THE PHOTO IS DECEASED.

  10. only the two ladies an God know what really happened in that room I pray it happened the way they said, if not I pray she comes to an understanding of what she did and that she takes this second chance for what is and do good for the rest of her days. I pray the family that lost their daughter don't live with bitterness it will only keep them in a life of miserable bondage. Praying for Peace for Gods mercy and grace be with them.

  11. There has to be a severe punishment for what she has done!
    If not surely, I’m hoping that Karma will arrive at her door has quickly as she landed that LETHAL BLOW!
    RIP, Dominique Frazier and may God Comfort her loved ones!
    By NO Means, should she not be here!
    I'm fired up @the senseless Killing that is so prevalent amongst the Young Black people of today!
    SMDH, Just makes me SICK!
    We just got through the Most Racist Bigoted Election in all of ours life’s!
    Now This, Dumb Ignorant people, do these things!
    Because of this it gives the racist ammunition;.
    too point a finger to say “I TOLD YOU WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED OF THEM!”.
    SMDH, Get it Together Young Black People!
    KKK, sayin”Hell, They’re Doin Our Job, We Love IT!”.

  12. I was a guidance counselor for 25 years. I also attended a HBCU and enjoyed a wonderful experience as well as an education that I am proud of. My children also attended HBCU’s and are enjoying successful lives. As a counselor, I often recommended HBCU’s to African American students. Many attended, graduated and are living successful lives. So, I am very disturbed to when I read what is happening on many HBCU’s campuses. It appears that students are bringing attitudes and experiences from ghetto communities onto the campus. HBCU’s have a history of providing opportunities for all students to pursue a college education. And that should not change. However, in light of the violence on many campuses, I think that HBCU’s need to take a closer look at their selection process. It’s not just about GPA’s and SAT scores. It’s not just about sports. It should be about the quality of the student! And that means looking at the total student! What indications of leadership are shown through letters of recommendation. What clubs, acitivities,sports has the student participated in. While this is not currently part of the application process, I think a students High School discipline report should be part of the admission process. Employers are now requiring background checks of potential employeees. Why shouldn’t colleges do the same for potential students? I realize that HBCU’s are financially stressed and student recruitment is critical for them to continue to exist. But at what cost? Students being killed on campus??? If things don’t change on some HBCU campuses, they will have no choice but to close their doors for good! Administrators, protect your college by protecting your students! They are paying for and have a right to a good education and safe campus. It is your responsibility to make sure they have that! It’s not just about numbers!!

  13. Sad. The prosecuters are to blame. They did not do their homework in order to charge her with the appropriate chargers. What a sad day for both families.

  14. This girl gives me bad vibes. I cannot only accept her and the “friend’s” story of self defense. How long was she bullied; how many classes/courses has she failed due to bullying? Something smells fishy here, and I would love to see a photo of the poor deceased girl…because there’s certainly more to this story and subsequent murder than bullying. I could never attempt to study and take courses under conditions she claimed; (carrying a knife in case your own roommate decides to stab you…), BS!

  15. There were several opportunities for a peaceful resolution in the midst of this unfortunate event; sadly, neither of the young women seemed to value themselves – and certainly not each other enough to discover them! We must – as a community -begin to teach our children to value life on every level! This event happens EVERY DAY in some Black or mostly ‘minority’ community! This was no different than a plain ole turf fight…no one ever wins in those; and, inevitably, someone always dies! We deserve better family; let us begin to value first ourselves and then each other…after we accomplish that, we can begin to address some of the tough issues in our family! PEACE!

  16. Tamatha Pillow-Lofton

    something similar hapend to 2 memphis girls while they were in college in nashville. something needs to be done before this gets worse.

  17. Nobody won in this situation.

  18. this girl on girl fighting for no reason is the newest fad going on right now. Sorry someone had to lose their life. It's the ghetto rap worldstar hip hop mentality. this type of thing happens every hour in the USA. Black girls "going off".

  19. Such a tragic story. The only thing i can say after i read this is "Jesus". Lord be with both Families. Heal their minds as well as their hearts Lord only You can turn things around for Your Glory God Amen

  20. She did not get off. She will spend the rest of her life knowing that she took some one's life. There is such a thing as Karma. My prayers to both families.

  21. Why in the world would the prosecutor charge her with murder when Simpson had a witness to corroborate her story? That's idiotic! At best it would have to be manslaughter if they really wanted a conviction. Fear provokes one to do a lot of things and without detail about the whole relationship I could in no way convict her of anything much less murder. I think it says a lot that her roommate still struck her even though she was holding a knife.

    • she could have did anything but cut the girl,she could have picked up her fists and fought back instead of taking the easy way out and doing this to the girl,her life was not in danger so defend yourself like its not,fighting back is the solution for bullies. I know because i been there and never did i want to take this persons life!

    • As I stated before, fear causes us to do things that we would not ordinarily do. I can't ask for someone else to respond to fear in the same way as I would.

    • Great comment. I agree & found that odd… W. I. T. Hell is gonna even argue w/ sum1 let alone Slap, hit, punch sum1w/ a knife. … SMDH. #LIFEISTOOSHORT

    • Clearwest Dot Biz you can not dictate how one defend themselves, besides there is no such thing as a fair fight. She was being bullied; was that fair? Maybe she is not good at fisticuffs and resorted to the use of a weapon instead. It is not like she set out to do such, only to defend herself….can not blame her for that, I know I don't.

    • @Eric Jewell Hayes Sr.: You make so much sense. You sound like you know the law.

    • You were not there, you do not know what she could, have or should have done. Bullying leads to PTSD and ppl get sick and tired of being sick and tired of Bullies taunts and terrorism and have to protect themselves the best way we/they can. Talk to me when you have walked in the painful shoes of being bullied. She can't Bully/taunt anymore – Karma.

    • Princess Poetress

      I don't know many people in the midst of being attacked that think about HOW they should hit and NOT to hit with a rock or stab with a knife.

      Most folks when they are attacked are fighting for their dayum lives!

  22. SO SAD

  23. Mii God! Please help thz child n heart! I know tht her grief iz beyond all we know! U do hve 2 defend your own lyf though! God grant thz child peace! May the other lady family, hve nt a hard heart!

  24. Debra Prince Johnson

    We Need to stop the bullying

  25. LOL THEY LET WOMAN OFF ALL THE TIME.

  26. she can't just get off scott free! she needs to attend anger management classes or something.

  27. You don’t have to kill. Many times when I was a child, I was bullied and got into fights; thank God we didn’t think about using such weapons. We had a cleaned fight and whoever were bruised the least was declared the winner. This young generation as the bible says “wiser” (book sense) but “weaker” (integrity, common sense, and the list goes on). Now, she’s going to have to lived with this tragedy of knowing she took someone life. Not too much help from her Mother stating she allow her children to make their own decisions. My Mom told us the truth (biblically) and we obide by the rules and thank God we came out victorious.

  28. You Had to do What You had 2 DO!Sometimes FATE HAVE to intervene a SITUATION!That Will CONTINUE To SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL!SOMETIMES WE HAVE To Do things We Don’t Want!THAT’S A CURVE BALL IN LIFE!IT WAS GOING 2 BE YOU OR HER!.THE CHOICE WAS YOU&YOURS!.This Was BOUND To HAPPEN EVENTUALLY.! YES,!A TRAGIC END!.SHE LEARNED THE HARD WAY!.

    From,
    Marilyn Dalton
    Syracuse,NY.

  29. This is yet another one of those unbelievable and very tragic stories.

  30. wow…

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