Investigators followed a trail of blood from a room at an extended-stay hotel where Deric Fernandza Shaw had been stabbed to where they found him unconscious on Sunday evening.
Emergency workers rushed Shaw, 49, to WakeMed, where he died of his injuries. Police charged his girlfriend, Lakesha Nicole Johnson, with his death.
Minutes after the stabbing, Shaw’s wife, Marsuia, who was also at the hotel, told investigators that her husband and Johnson had been in a romantic relationship, according to search warrants made public Thursday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
The two search warrants provided details of the stabbing:
Before he fell unconscious, Deric Shaw dialed 911 and told an emergency dispatcher he had been stabbed at Intown Suites on U.S. 70 West, Garner Detective J.P. Jones stated in the search warrant application.
Moments after Shaw’s call, a woman who identified herself as Lakesha Johnson dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that she had been attacked. Johnson did not identify her attacker, but she told the dispatcher she had stabbed the person in Room 110 of the hotel. Johnson told the dispatcher she had put the knife in the hotel room’s sink, Jones reported.
A child of Johnson’s was in the room but was not injured, police said. They did not give the child’s age.
Police found Deric Shaw bleeding from his shoulder and chest in front of Room 108 at the hotel at about 6:45 p.m., Jones reported.
Shaw’s wife identified him for police. In addition to informing the investigators about the romantic relationship between her husband and Johnson, she told them that Johnson was staying in Room 110, Jones stated in the search warrant.
Police found a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in front of Room 110. The officers later learned that Johnson was the owner of the vehicle. They said all of the windows in the SUV were rolled down and a laptop computer was on the ground next to it.
“It appeared the laptop was thrown to the ground because it was broken,” Jones stated in the search warrant.
Police obtained a second search warrant to obtain Johnson’s clothing and a DNA sample from her, Jones stated in the search warrant.
Johnson remained in custody at the Wake County jail Thursday on charges of voluntary manslaughter. She is being held under a $150,000 bail, a jail spokesman reported.