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Woman indicted on murder charges
Cantrell accused of stabbing her childs father to death
0924GLisheena Cantrell
Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell

A Hall County grand jury indicted a woman Wednesday on multiple charges stemming from the murder of a 26-year-old Gainesville man earlier this month.

Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell, 22, of Gainesville was indicted on charges that included one count each of murder and malice murder, as well as two counts of felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault and four counts of battery.

“The standard for a grand jury is to determine whether there is probably cause to believe that a defendant has committed a crime for later decision by a jury as to whether that defendant should be found guilty or not guilty,” Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh said.

According to the indictment, Cantrell is accused of stabbing Eveccio Ballard "on and about his neck" on Sept. 5.

He later died after a friend took him to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Court documents identify Ballard as the father of Cantrell's child.

Sgt. Chad Ford of Gainesville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division said earlier this month that Cantrell and Ballard had "an on-and-off relationship from what we understand."

Cantrell was indicted on battery charges stemming from a fight between her, Ballard and Tacheena Collins, 25. Police said Collins was with Ballard when the fight began, but the exact motive of the murder is unknown.

Police collected several pieces of evidence from the scene, but details of that evidence haven't been released.

A preliminary hearing had been set for today, but that is no longer required after the indictment. A date has not been set for an arraignment.

Attorneys for both sides have not responded to requests for comment. Cantrell is being represented by Travis Williams from the Public Defender's Office and Alison Toller is the prosecuting attorney representing the state.

Cantrell remains in the Hall County Jail.

 

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