Kenyan woman sentenced to 21 years in roommate’s 2010 stabbing death
Posted by Administrator on April 16, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A 42-year-old Birmingham woman accused of killing her roommate in 2010 by stabbing the woman more than 100 times today pleaded guilty to murder.
Nancy Kinuthia was sentenced to 21 years in prison, minus the the time she spent in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting trial, according to court records.
Kinuthia was charged with the death of 51-year-old Ruth Wawira Munene.
Officers forced their way into the apartment in the 200 block of 21st Avenue South on June 11, 2010, after friends called police when they were unable to reach Munene.
Kinuthia was arrested about a week later in Colbert County.
Munene cleaned houses and sent her money home to her family, including a 14-year-old daughter in Kenya.
Kinuthia cared for children as nanny or baby-sitter, police said. Both women attended Laborers in Christ Church, where there is a large Kenyan population.
In a hearing about a month after Kinuthia’s arrest, a Birmingham homicide detective testified Kinuthia told police she stabbed Munene with a large steak knife. That stabbing happened when Kithunia flew into a rage while talking about having being diagnosed HIV-positive, testimony showed.
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