AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jury selection is under way in the trial of a woman accused of stabbing a Huston-Tillotson student to death in 2011.
Police say Kaitlyn Ritcherson stabbed Fatima Barry during a fight outside a Fifth Street nightclub in December 2011.
Barry died 2 1/2 weeks later. She was a junior track athlete and biology major from Katy, outside Houston.
Attorneys expect jury selection to last most of the day.
The stabbing happened in Downtown Austin Dec. 4, 2011, just after 2 a.m. Police said Barrie was with two friends when she left the club, where a large crowd gathered outside.
Barrie died from her injuries Dec. 21 at University Medical Center Brackenridge.
Witnesses said they saw Ritcherson where it happened -- at 201 W. Fifth St. -- wearing a red jacket, which authorities said they later used to link Ritcherson to the incident.
A witness connected to Ritcherson through mutual friends told police Ritcherson ran toward Barrie when a man tried to take the knife from her hand but couldn't. The witness told police Ritcherson was able to break away and ran toward Barrie.
Friends told police that as they were walking away, Barrie fell to the ground bleeding.
Ritcherson told police she was at that location but didn't have a knife. She told police a woman hit her in the head and stabbed her right leg.
Barrie earned Huston-Tillotson athletic yearly awards, Red River Athletic Conference honors, and consistently qualified for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics nationals. As a biology major, she was interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
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