Daniels pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A woman accused of killing her brother by stabbing him in the chest has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Vanita B. Daniels, 24, of Fort Dodge, made the written plea of not guilty to voluntary manslaughter Tuesday.

Daniels, who is being held on $10,000 bond, is accused of stabbing her brother, Marcquis Collier, 19, in the chest at 1407 First Ave. N. on May 9.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no trial date had been set.

In addition to the not guilty plea, Daniels’ attorney, Joseph McCarville, also filed two motions Tuesday. One motion was for a bond review, and the other was for a Watson hearing.

A Watson hearing is meant to determine whether an attorney in the case has a conflict or not, according to First Assistant Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson.

A hearing on both motions has been scheduled for June 2.

Emergency responders and Fort Dodge Police were called to the scene of the stabbing at 11:22 a.m. on May 9, where they found Collier laying in the front yard.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead that afternoon.

Daniels was arrested at the scene by Fort Dodge police officers.

A charge of voluntary manslaughter is filed when authorities believe a person kills another with a “sudden, irresistable passion resulting from serious provocation.” A Class C felony, voluntary manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.