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Kaitlyn Ritcherson murder trial continues

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A Travis County jury heard from five witnesses during day two of the Kaitlyn Ritcherson murder trial. She's charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the stabbing death of a Huston Tillotson track star.

Fatima Barrie was stabbed outside a downtown nightclub after the bar closed on December 4th, 2011.

Prosecutors are trying this case for a second time. Earlier this year a judge was forced to declare a mistrial after a jury couldn't reach a decision. The defense maintains Ritcherson pulled the knife out of her purse for self-defense.

Witnesses told jurors about a fight between Barrie and Ritcherson. One man, Kevlin Jones, tried to break up the fight and move Barrie and his now fiancé out of the way.

Jones told the court he saw Barrie raise her arm up but didn't know if she was holding anything.

He didn't realize Barrie had been stabbed.

"I tried to pick her up. I thought she slipped on the curb but I saw her eyes roll back in her head and blood on the ground and her arm and leg but I didn't know where it was coming from," said Jones to the court.

The state says Ritcherson was causing a ruckus. The defense says Ritcherson was protecting herself and claims that Barrie lunged at Ritcherson three times.

Two doctors at UMC Brackenridge testified about Barrie's injuries and that she lost a lot of blood. Barrie was stabbed in the chest. They tried to save her but she died 17 days later from her injuries.

This case is moving faster than the first one. Closing statements are expected sometime next week.

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