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Mistrial called for Cedar Rapids woman charged with stabbing and killing boyfriend in 2020

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Jacqueline Marie Holmes

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- A judge has called a mistrial in the case for a Cedar Rapids woman facing murder charges for the stabbing death of her boyfriend in 2020.

Jacqueline Holmes is charged with the murder of 35-year-old Tremaine Williams, who was stabbed at a home in the 700 block of 8th Avenue on March 4, 2020. Police say Holmes and Williams were allegedly in a relationship.

Court documents confirm there was a mistrial, and the Gazette reports that during the second day of jury selection, a potential juror told the prosecution, defense and judge that they had a previous interaction with Holmes.

Then another potential juror said that juror told them of the interaction, after which the judge ordered the mistrial. The trial will now be rescheduled again, after being pushed back several times. 

A criminal complaint states that police found Williams with a stab wound to his upper chest and he later died at a hospital. Holmes was also found at the scene with a cut on her hand and after saying she didn't know what happened, she later claimed he "must have done it to himself." She then said that she stabbed Williams in self-defense.

In June 2020, Holmes' bail was cut down from three-quarters of a million dollars to just $25,000. A day after she bonded out, she was back in custody again following a violation of her terms of release