Lisheena Kinanna Cantrell pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning on multiple charges stemming from the September stabbing death of a 26-year-old Gainesville man.
During an arraignment hearing before Judge Kathlene Gosselin, the 22-year-old Gainesville woman entered the plea on counts of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, battery and simple battery.
A Hall County grand jury indicted Cantrell on those charges Sept. 21.
Prosecutors allege Cantrell stabbed Eveccio Ballard in the neck during a Sept. 5 dispute between the two and another woman, 25-year-old Tacheena Collins.
Sgt. Chad Ford of Gainesville Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division said Cantrell and Ballard had "an on-and-off relationship."
Public Defender Travis A. Williams, who represents Cantrell, said he has a plan to defend the case but could not go into detail until closer to trial.
"We definitely have a theory and a valid defense and we plan on pursuing that," Williams said.
Police said when the fight began, Ballard and Collins were together, but police would not reveal the exact motive.
Cantrell remains in the Hall County Jail awaiting trial.