Jury Finds Frederick Woman Guilty Of 2nd-Degree Murder

No sentencing date has been set.



Frederick, Md (KM)  A Frederick woman who had been on trial for a stabbing outside of the Olde Towne Tavern last year was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder Thursday afternoon.  Tierra Lucas faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Lucas was arrested last year for stabbing Brian Graves outside of the establishment on April 4th, 2016.  Graves was taken to Shock Trauma where he died.   Lucas and her sister, Alexis, were arrested and charged in Graves’ murder.

State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said he believes this was a premeditated murder and Tierra Lucas should have  been convicted of 1st-degree murder. “In this particular instance we believe that to be the case,” he said. “The video was very clear that Tierra walked over, was handed a knife by her sister, and then took the knife over to Brian Graves outside of the Olde Towne Tavern, plunging it into his chest.  So we felt that was premeditation.  Obviously the jury felt differently.”

But Smith says he respects the jury’s verdict, which was announced at around 3:45 PM on Thursday.

No sentencing date has been set.  “We’re going to asking for  the maximum of 30 years when she sentenced on the matter,” says Smith.

Lucas’s sister, Alexis, will go on trial for Graves’ murder later this month.


By Kevin McManus