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Woman says 'I'm not lying' about how she was stabbed during fight

Woman says 'I'm not lying' about how she was stabbed during fight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield woman said she stabbed another woman in self-defense.

Tuesday, the young woman on the other side of the fight stepped forward to tell her side of the story.

Trina Garcia is accusing Kayla Labat of intentionally bringing a knife to the fight in order to hurt her. Garcia was stabbed 10 times Thursday night while in a fight with Labat.

Labat said she had to use the knife during the altercation to protect her own life, as five girls jumped her. Garcia said Labat is lying, and only she and Labat were involved in the fight.

"If it was me and I was on the ground protecting myself, somebody else should have got stabbed," Garcia said. "Out of everybody, how come it was just me? It's because nobody else jumped in."

Garcia's mother, Rosie Flores, said she hasn't decided if she is going to press charges yet.

"I don't hope that she gets time, she's got a family. So I hope it just ends," said Flores.

Garcia said only she and Labat really know what happened that night, but at least she's telling her side of the story.

"It makes me feel mad, because they don't know really what happened, like she's lying. I'm not lying," Garcia said.

Labat turned herself in to police Monday and was subsequently arrested and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. She since posted bail and is expected to see a judge July 12.