Woman charged with murder and assault after allegedly stabbing victim to death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — 9/18 UPDATE: Charges have been filed against the suspect accused of stabbing Rashaunda Holyfield to death on Friday.

According to police, Danielle Sullens is charged with murder and assault.

Sullens is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a $200,000 bond.


Birmingham police are looking for information after a woman was stabbed multiple times Friday night before succumbing to her injuries.

Police say the woman’s son got into a physical altercation with an unidentified female suspect at a gas station Friday night. The fight eventually ended, but police say the suspect allegedly drove to the victim’s home afterward to confront her about her son. There, another fight broke out, this time between the victim, 37-year-old Rashaunda Holyfield, and the suspect.

According to police, at some point during the fight the suspect stabbed Holyfield multiple times.

Officers responded to the 770 block of 3rd Ave S on an assault call around 9:20 p.m. Holyfield was taken to UAB where she died from her injuries.

“Differences occur, and they always will. We have to resolve them without resorting to violence,” Sgt. Bryan Shelton said. “Right now two families are torn apart. They will need the communities [sic] help in the healing process.”

If there is anyone who has information pertaining to the case, please contact the B.P.D. Homicide Unit @ 254-1764 or Crime Stoppers @ 254-7777.            

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