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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A trial date has been scheduled for a Leominster woman charged with stabbing her live-in boyfriend 21 times.

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that a judge recently ruled that 28-year-old Stephanie Cruz’s first-degree murder trial will start Sept. 6 in Worcester Superior Court.

Cruz has been held without bail since pleading not guilty in the June 2015 killing of 37-year-old Cedric Taylor, who suffered stab wounds to his heart, lung, neck, torso, back, and other areas.

Authorities say Taylor was killed in their Leominster apartment only hours after being released from jail on a charge of domestic assault and battery that involved Cruz. Police say Cruz then waited a day before reporting the death.

Cruz says Taylor “lunged” at her and the stabbing was self-defense.


Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.),