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Woman guilty of killing Huston-Tillotson athlete

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The sentencing phase of the Kaitlyn Ritcherson trial is now underway. Late Thursday night jurors convicted her of murdering 21-year-old Hutson-Tillotson track star Fatima Barrie.

Police say Ritcherson stabbed Barrie in the chest at a downtown club in 2011.

The prosecution can now discuss Ritcherson's criminal history. Jurors learned that Ritcherson has a prior arrest involving an assault with a knife.

An Austin police officer testified that in 2009 Ritcherson was arrested for assault with injury/ family violence. The officer said Ritcherson threatened to hurt her brother with a steak knife. Ritcherson was on juvenile probation at the time. Listen to what her brother said about the incident.

"We were moving from room to room. Somehow we ended up in the kitchen. That's where she grabbed the knife. Then my mother jumped in between us and I proceeded to take the knife," said Donald Ritcherson, Kaitlyn's brother.

"Were you in fear of the knife?" Gary Cobb asked.

Donald Ritcherson replied, "Yes."

Jurors then heard from Patricia Davis, Fatima Barrie's mother. She explained the great sadness her family has endured as a photo of Barrie was shown.

"That night has become like a bad dream you hope to wake up and it's not true. It's something I live with daily there's not a day I don't think of my daughter," Davis said.

Jurors then heard from Ritcherson's mom. She testified that Ritcherson's dad died in 2010 and Ritcherson was put on an anti-anxiety and depressant.

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