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Attorney: Girlfriend's murder charges unjust

NORCROSS — The defense attorney for a Norcross woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend said Tuesday his client is innocent of murder and is being painted in a bad light by police.

Attorney Musa Ghanayem said a press release about the Sunday stabbing issued by Gwinnett police was “irresponsible” and intended to “poison a jury pool.” His client, Tiquonda Campbell, 30, is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend, Tyress Malcome, 32, of Norcross.

“The phrasing (of the press release) was designed to put my client in the light of being a heinous criminal,” Ghanayem said. “There are some significant facts that need to shake out.”

Ghanayem wouldn’t elaborate on what those facts may be, or on his potential trial strategy. Based in Atlanta, he’s being retained by Campbell’s family, he said.

Gwinnett police reserved comment regarding the press release Tuesday.

Police believe Campbell retrieved a kitchen knife during a late-night argument and stabbed Malcome at her residence in the Highland Lake Apartments near Norcross. Wounded, Malcome was driven by a friend to a Doraville home, where he told police his girlfriend stabbed him.

Malcome was pronounced dead on arrival at Atlanta Medical Center.

A probable cause hearing for Campbell is scheduled Tuesday.