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Prosecutors: Girlfriend stabbed boyfriend in heart

Standing at only 4 feet, 11 inches, Cherry Clinton’s ear could barely reach the hole in the protective glass she stood behind as prosecutors described how she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the heart, killing him.

Clinton, who turned 29 yesterday, took an 8-inch knife and plunged it into her boyfriend’s chest with such force that it ripped through his jacket, sweatshirt, rib cage and lung and into his heart, prosecutors said during her arraignment yesterday. Her boyfriend, Lancelot Reid, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The stabbing followed an argument just before 10 a.m. Friday at her Ames Street apartment in Dorchester’s Franklin Field housing projects.

Officers at the scene asked Clinton what happened and she said, “I stabbed him,” according to a police report.

“Officers observed Ms. Clinton to be covered in blood,” the report said.

Clinton alleged that Reid assaulted her earlier in the day and that she was holding the knife when he ran in to it, attorneys said.

While prosecutors said that officers did not notice any injuries on Clinton, they would look into the assault claim.

“We will investigate all of that as part of the grand jury process,” said Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum.

Clinton was ordered held without bail.

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