Southeast woman used PCP before fatal stabbing of neighbor, prosecutors say

A Southeast Washington woman was using PCP when she knocked on her neighbor’s apartment door, waited to be let inside and then stabbed the woman to death, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Cydrisse Marcha-Marie Alvin, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder while armed in Monday’s fatal stabbing of Amber Lynette Kent, 28. During a hearing Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, Alvin stood silent in a white prison jumpsuit and shackles as her attorney argued for her release while she awaits trial.

According to court documents, Alvin attacked Kent after she was let inside her apartment in the 3400 block of 13th Street SE about 9:30 Monday morning.

Kent’s boyfriend was lying on the bed in the bedroom and heard the women talking, the documents said. Minutes later, he heard loud banging and then Kent screaming, “Meeka, what are you doing?”

Meeka is a nickname used by Alvin, according to court papers.

The boyfriend ran out of the bedroom and saw Alvin on top of Kent, stabbing her repeatedly, according to the documents. The boyfriend punched Alvin in her face, knocking her off Kent, and Alvin then ran out of the apartment, the documents said.

Alvin was arrested hours later as she picked up her child at a Southeast elementary school, according to court papers.

At Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutor Lara Worm said interviews with Alvin’s neighbors and friends indicated that Alvin was a regular user of PCP. Worm urged Magistrate Judge Diana Harris Epps to keep the woman in jail ahead of her trial.

Alvin’s attorney, Anthony Mathews of the District’s Public Defender Service, said his client had no prior convictions and should be released. Epps opted not to rule before receiving results of a drug test; Alvin declined to take a drug test at the time of her arrest. Another hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

An official familiar with the investigation said Alvin had no memory of the attack, partly explaining why she continued with her daily routine of picking her child up from school.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of intern Chandra Levy.
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