A Fresno couple on Thursday accepted responsibility for their roles in the killing of a 56-year-old woman in September last year.
Laquandra Ligons, 27, faces up to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest to manslaughter with the use of a knife, prosecutor Gabriel Brickey said.
Her husband, Thurman Howard Ligons, 31, faces up to three years in prison after he pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the killing.
The couple entered their pleas in Fresno County Superior Court on the same day jury selection was scheduled to begin in their criminal trial.
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They will be sentenced Feb. 18.
Police said Laquandra Ligons stabbed Mary Lara to death on Sept. 18 on the 1300 block of North Eighth Street during an argument over pets.
Sgt. Dave Ramos said Lara and Laquandra Ligons were involved in a dispute in the driveway of Lara’s home. Ligons was walking a dog with her two children, and Lara believed the dog posed a threat to her cats, Ramos said.
Liqons stabbed Lara repeatedly before being driven away from the scene by her husband. Neighbors called 911, and emergency medical personnel rushed Lara to Community Regional Medical Center, where she later died. The pair were arrested a few days later.