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Judge: Suspect in murder case will stay in jail
Woman accused of stabbing man at Ridgecrest Apartments
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Lisheena Cantrell

A judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that there is enough evidence to keep a Gainesville woman in jail on charges of murder and battery in an early Monday morning stabbing.

Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell, 22, of Gainesville is charged in the death of Eveccio Ballard, 26. She made her first appearance Wednesday in front of Judge Tracy Loggins in Hall County Magistrate Court.

Officers from the Gainesville Police Department responded to reports of an altercation about 1 a.m. Monday at Ridgecrest Apartments off Park Hill Drive. When they arrived, Ballard had already been taken by a friend to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where he later died.

Police said Cantrell, Ballard and Tacheena Collins, 25, were involved in a fight, resulting in the stabbing of Ballard.

Sgt. Chad Ford of Gainesville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division said the exact motive of the murder has not been determined, but he did say it was a domestic dispute.

Ford said Ballard was the father of Cantrell's child and that the two had "an on-and-off relationship from what we understand."

"Tacheena was with the victim when the altercation started," Ford said.

Several pieces of evidence were collected at the scene, Ford said, but details of that evidence could not be released.

Brad Morris of the Public Defender's Office said it was unclear which attorney would be representing Cantrell.

Bond will be set at a later date and requires an appearance in Superior Court as magistrate courts in Georgia cannot set bond in a murder case.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Sept. 23. Cantrell remains in the Hall County Jail. 

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