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Woman, 23, says she accidentally stabbed boyfriend

By Anne Krueger
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

January 16, 2003

A former San Diego State University track star who admitted fatally stabbing her lover was sentenced yesterday in San Diego Superior Court to a year in County Jail.

The courtroom of Judge John Thompson was filled with supporters of Latoyonda Promise Mose, 23, who said she accidentally stabbed her boyfriend, Allen Hardy, during an argument June 15 in the apartment they shared in downtown San Diego.

Prosecutor Lucy Weismantel had agreed to allow Mose to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, reducing the charge from murder, but she sought a six-year prison term for Mose.

Because Mose already has credit for 320 days in County Jail, she is expected to be released in a few weeks. She also was placed on three years' probation.

Mose was days away from completing her degree in psychology at SDSU when the incident occurred. In four years on the SDSU track team from 1997 to 2001, Mose set school indoor records in the 60-meter and 400-meter races and was once named Track Athlete of the Week in the Mountain West Conference.

Hardy, 27, was married during his often-rocky relationship with Mose. She told a probation officer she thought Hardy was divorced.

Mose told authorities that Hardy pushed her and hit her during an argument they had over her car. She said she grabbed a knife from a kitchen counter, and it entered Hardy's chest, nicking his heart, as she turned to face him.

"It wasn't a conscious act to stab him," Mose told a probation officer. "I wanted to stop him hitting me."

Hardy died in a hospital 11 days later.

Hardy's wife, Jacqueline, told Thompson that the three young children she had with Hardy including an 8-week-old infant will never again see their father.

"The defendant's face will haunt my son for the rest of his life," she said.

The wife denied that Hardy was violent or abusive, although prosecutors said he had a history of domestic violence against her. An expert who examined Mose also concluded she suffered from battered women's syndrome.

Hardy's mother, JoAnn Davis, said Hardy paid for his actions with his life, and Mose also should be punished.

"Allen shouldn't have to pay for this himself," she said.

Weismantel, the prosecutor, said Mose decided to resort to violence instead of turning to her friends or the authorities for assistance.

"Miss Mose had many options that day. She had many resources to help her if she had taken advantage of that," she said.

Mose did not speak in court, nor did her attorney, Cynthia Bolden. Her supporters declined to talk after the hearing.

After the hearing, Hardy's father, Isaac Davis, expressed anger at Mose's punishment. The maximum term she faced was six years.

"You can throw a dog out the window and get three years (in prison), but a woman can kill a man and get probation," he said.


Anne Krueger: (619) 593-4962; anne.krueger@uniontrib.com

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