Trial set for Detroit woman in slow cooker bludgeoning death

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2015 5:29 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A trial has been set for June for a Detroit woman accused of bludgeoning her friend to death with a slow cooker during an alcohol-fueled argument about politics.

A not-guilty plea was entered Thursday for Tewana Sullivan. She's charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 66-year-old Cheryl Livy at Livy's Livonia apartment last year.

It was Sullivan's first appearance in Wayne County Circuit Court since a Livonia judge found her competent for trial.

Wayne County Judge Michael Hathaway scheduled a trial for June 1. The next hearing is April 2.

Defense attorney John McWilliams has said the long-time friends were arguing about presidential politics. He hasn't said who took which side.

He says it's too early to know whether Sullivan will consider a plea deal. She's jailed without bond.