Not guilty plea in pregnant woman’s death
A 21-year-old woman accused of driving her car into a crowd during a dispute sparked by a love triangle and striking and killing a pregnant woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder. Unique Kiana Bishop is charged with two counts of murder — one involving the victim’s fetus — along with three counts of attempted murder. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek a death sentence. Bishop is accused of running over and killing 22-year-old Shontae Blanche and injuring three other women on Nov. 5 in the 5800 block of South Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe brawl involved what authorities said could be as many as 30 women who apparently arrived at a Big Lots parking lot to support two women who were feuding over a man, according to Los Angeles police. The brawl spilled onto the street and across Western Avenue to a nearby gas station, where Bishop allegedly drove a convertible into a group of women. “It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said soon afterward. The deputy chief added that the showdown was “not a spontaneous dispute,” but a “planned fight.” Bishop remains jailed without bail and is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Jan. 18 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!