By Napoleon F. Kingcade, Westside Reporter.
It didn’t matter to Kiara Fredericks that Andre White had turned his pockets inside out and took off his sneakers and socks to prove to her that he hadn’t stolen the $10 that she accused him of taking on October 11. It didn’t matter to Fredericks that Andre White had proved his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. Fredericks still didn’t believe him. So, instead of searching the house again and making another effort to find her money, Kiara Fredericks decided to grab a butcher knife from the kitchen and stab her boyfriend’s brother to death. Today, 20-year-old Kiara Fredericks, of the 2100 block of South 60th, sits behind bars as she has been held for trial for the murder of 26-year-old Andre White, who also lived in the same house. According to Andre White’s grandmother, Renee Jones, who testified in Municipal Court on Tuesday, November 29, she said on the morning of October 11 that Fredericks was upset over $8 she had given to someone the night before. Ms. Jones said she decided to replace the $8 she gave Fredericks a $10 bill to keep. However a few hours later, Jones said Fredericks had lost track of the $10 that was given to her.
That’s when the woman started to accuse Andre White of taking the money. Jones testified that White had turned his pockets and socks inside out to prove he didn’t take Fredericks’ money.
A heated argument ensued and Jones said White went upstairs to get his sleeping brother, Antoine White, to wake up and help calm his girlfriend down. Despite White’s effort to wake up his brother, Antoine White refused to get up. When Fredericks saw White walk back down the stairs, she started towards Andre White while holding a butcher knife. Jones said she attempted to stand between Fredericks and Andre White she allegedly reached over Jones and plunged the sharp knife into Andre White’s left side of his neck and chest. That’s when Andre White’s brother, who woke up, ran down the steps to Wrestled the knife from Fredericks’ as his brother stumbled onto the front porch. Jones’ testified that “Andre hollered and said, ‘Grandmom, she stabbed me ! She stabbed me !’ ” Jones then said “The blood was just gushing out” While the angry grandmother gave her testimony, Fredericks sat at the defense table sobbing with her head buried in her hands. The 66-year-old grandmother said the three of them lived in the same house with Andre White along with Fredericks’ two small children ages 2 and 4-years-old. Ms. Jones said moments before Fredericks grabbed the butcher knife and stabbed Andre White to death, Fredericks was sitting at a table in the dining room with a butcher knife laying in front of her. The grandmother said she asked Fredericks for the knife, but she refused to give it to her. Instead, the young mom took the butcher knife and sat it on the floor.
When Officer Michael Ditizio arrived at the house, he testified that he saw Fredericks sitting in the kitchen holding one of her children in her hands. He said Fredericks repeatedly screamed “‘I did it! I did it !’ ” Now, Kiara Fredericks will probably miss this Christmas holiday with her children. Renee Jones told the court that she believes hours before the murder of her grandson that Fredericks may have been smoking “wet” which is a street term for marijuana dipped in PCP or formaldehyde. Jones believes Fredericks’ drug addiction may had triggered the deadly stabbing of Andre White who was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on the morning of October 11 where he was pronounced dead at 9:53 a.m.