Woman found guilty in stabbing death of The Block stripper

A 24-year-old woman was found guilty Tuesday of stabbing to death a stripper outside Norma Jean's Gentleman's Club in Baltimore in November 2008.

Shontay Lane, 24, of the 3100 block of Westmont Court was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to cause serious injury in the stabbing death Takira Leray Johnson-Bey, 27, outside The Block strip club.

The incident began inside Norma Jean's on Custom House Avenue, spilling out between the club and the neighboring Glass Slipper, according to city state's attorney's office.

Lane, then 22, was arguing with a group of women that included Johnson-Bey, who was stabbed five times in the upper body, piercing her heart and liver, according to trial testimony.

She was also found guilty of attempted second-degree murder for the stabbing of India Jacks, who was 17 at the time. She was stabbed four times to the upper body.

Latesha Hughes, 24, of the 3400 block of Vargas Circle was also found guilty of first-degree assault of Jacks. She was released on $500,000 bail, was immediately taken into custody by Sheriff deputies.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 10.


Earlier versions of this article incorrectly identified Shontay Lane and India Jacks as employees of Norma Jean's Gentleman's Club, due to inaccurate information from Baltimore police in 2008. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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