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Medical examiner: Stabbing victim drowned in her own blood

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The home on Harrison Street where Cassandra Nelson's body was found The home on Harrison Street where Cassandra Nelson's body was found

A medical examiner has testified in the case against a man charged with first-degree murder in connection to the stabbing death of a Saginaw woman.

Saginaw County Medical Examiner Kanu Virani took the stand on Friday during a preliminary hearing for Lashon T. Hollman, the man accused of stabbing 28-year-old Cassandra Lynn Nelson 54 times. Her body was found in early February inside her home on Harrison Street after family members became concerned because of mail and newspapers piling up outside.

The Saginaw News reports that Virani said Nelson didn't die from her stab wounds, but died after asphyxiating on her own blood. Virani said also said that Nelson sustained blunt force trauma to the head.

The judge ruled at the end of the hearing that there was enough evidence against Hollman to go to trial. The SaginawNews reported that when Hollman's best friend testified against him during hearing last month, Hollman admitted to him that he "stabbed the (explicative) out of her."

Hollman, 20, was living with his mother next door to the home Nelson was renting. He currently remains in jail without bond.  

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