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Jury Convicts Man for Fatal 2019 Stabbing


An Evansville jury has convicted a man of murder. 

The jury found Fitolay Demesmin guilty for the stabbing death of 28-year-old Diamond Sheppard-Rankin.

It happened at a home in the 700 block of Taylor Avenue in 2019.

In a release, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann said Rankin “deserved justice” and is “thankful” the jury held the defendant accountable for his actions.

Kalei Obasa was also arrested in the case. She was charged with assisting a criminal, and was sentenced in March 2020 after a plea agreement.