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The trial is under way for a Bowie State University student accused of fatally stabbing her roommate in September 2011 after a series of ongoing arguments.

State prosecutors said Tuesday during opening arguments in Prince George’s County circuit court that defendant Alexis Simpson, 19, of District Heights, instigated numerous arguments and fights with sophomore Dominique Frazier, 18, of Washington, D.C., leading up to the night she was slain inside her apartment Sept. 15, 2011. Simpson was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 13, 2011 on first-degree murder charges.

During the night of the incident, Frazier and some friends were in Frazier's dorm-style apartment listening to an iPod when Simpson came in and turned off the speakers, leading to a verbal and physical altercation.

Prosecutors said Simpson took out a knife and deliberately stabbed Frazier in the neck.

Defense attorneys representing Simpson said Simpson was feeling threatened, saying Frazier and her friends "jumped her" and the stabbing was an act of self-defense.

In court Tuesday morning, Frazier's mother, Denise Frazier, took the stand to testify.

She said Frazier, her only child, would have turned 19 four days after the incident. She said she had just spoken to her via text message on the morning of Sept. 15 but later received a phone call from one of Frazier's friends that evening that said "my daughter had gotten slain."

Nielah Tucker, 20, said she was a close friend of Dominique Frazier's and testified after Denise Frazier.

She said she was with Dominique Frazier during the incident and was trying to stop them from fighting.

She said she, Dominique Frazier and another friend were drinking and listening to music while getting ready to go to a comedy show when Simpson stopped the music and the fight broke out.

"I didn't want them to fight," she said, saying it stopped abruptly. "I'm not sure why it stopped, but I heard [the third friend] say, 'You are bleeding.' Then I saw [Dominique Frazier] hold her neck. It was a cut. It was a lot of blood coming out of it."

During the trial Tuesday, state prosecutors and the defense counsel presented photographs and diagrams that showed the apartment's floor plan, photos of the roommates' bedrooms, the bathroom and a hallway of blood stains where prosecutors said Dominique Frazier collapsed.

John Erzen, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office, said the trial is expected to close Thursday.