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Homicide suspect released from jail, as supporters rally

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A suspect in a homicide was released from jail Friday, as her supporters rallied at the Dane County Public Safety Building, and claimed she acted in self defense when she fatally stabbed her estranged boyfriend.

Court Commissioner Jason Hanson said there were "weaknesses" with the prosecution's case against 24-year old Cierra Finkley of Madison, and released her from jail on a signature bond, with Finkley to also be monitored electronically.  A prosecutor asked for $100,000 cash bail, and said a first degree intentional homicide charge would be lodged against Finkley next week.

Authorities say Finkley called police Tuesday when 31-year old Terrance Woods tried to run her, and her five year old daughter over, then drove off, then returned and kicked in Finkley's apartment door. Authorities say Finkley armed herself with a knife, and after Woods was outside her apartment, stabbed him as he tried to defend himself with a plastic garbage can lid.  A probable cause affidavit used to support Finkley's arrest and released to 27 News references Woods being outside the apartment, but states Finkley "...swung the knife at Woods again after he struck her with a plastic garbage can lid."

Finkley's mother, Carla Finkley of Chicago, members of the Young, Gifted & Black Coalition, and other supporters maintain Cierra Finkley was simply a domestic violence victim trying to defend herself, and her child.  In addition to being sought by police for the driving incident, Woods was convicted earlier this year of battering Finkley.

Woods' friend, Zhena Hall says Finkley had made past threats against Woods, and had armed herself with a knife and chased a separate, former boyfriend in the past.  Authorities say Finkley was fined in connection to her actions with the knife, but no crime was lodged.

Finkley's attorney, Jordan Loeb says even if Finkley went outside her apartment building and stabbed Woods, his home invasion and earlier, domestic violence allowed her to act in self defense. 

"She was a victim of domestic violence,"  Carla Finkley says.  "And justice will be served."

Assistant Dane County District Attorney Andrea Raymond says a first degree reckless homicide charge is expected to be lodged against Finkley Thursday.


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