Bowie State student accused of slaying suitemate indicted

A 19-year-old Bowie State University student accused of stabbing and killing her suitemate after a dispute over music was indicted Thursday on charges of murder and carrying a dangerous weapon openly.

Alexis Simpson had been jailed since last month, when she was arrested in connection with the Sept. 15 slaying of 18-year-old Dominique Frazier.

Police have said that Simpson turned off an iPod that was playing in the suite, then stabbed Frazier in the neck after the two got into a fight about it.

Frazier and Simpson were suitemates in Bowie State University’s Christa McAuliffe residence hall and had ongoing tensions, police have said.

Simpson had already been charged with first-degree murder by Maryland State Police investigators. The indictment was an expected, procedural step that moves Simpson’s case to Prince George’s County Circuit Court.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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