Bassil is suspected of killing Harris, her boyfriend, in their Southeast D.C. apartment. Her attorney, Elizabeth Mullins, argued at a preliminary hearing that the fatal stabbing could have been in self-defense. Bassil told police that that night in their apartment Harris attacked her, slapping her until she ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.
“The only reason I got away is because I stabbed him,” Mullins read at a preliminary hearing from a transcript of Bassil’s interview with police.
The indictment on second-degree murder while armed is the second time charges have been increased or reduced in the case. Bassil was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, but at the preliminary hearing Judge Gerald Fisher said he could only find evidence to support a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Bassil was scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Thursday morning; court records have not yet been updated with her plea.
She is expected back in court on Jan. 26 and remains released from custody.