Women charged for stabbing death discovered outside Little Canada home

Clarissa Jean Martin

A 30-year-old woman who’d been living in Little Canada is accused of stabbing to death another woman Aug. 4 while high on methamphetamine.

Clarissa Jean Martin was charged Aug. 6 with two counts of second-degree intentional murder in relation to the death of 31-year-old Shayna Mae Fairbanks.

The maximum penalty for second-degree murder is 40 years in prison.

Court documents say Martin’s husband called the police after the man discovered Fairbanks’ body outside his parent’s home, where he, Martin and their infant child were staying.

Martin had told him the afternoon of Aug. 4 that she was taking his car to get baby food from her cousin in Minneapolis, court documents say. She returned between 9:30 and 10 p.m. and told him that Fairbanks was waiting in the car.

The man reminded Martin that his parents didn’t want visitors at the house and told her to take Fairbanks home. Using the Find My iPhone app 10-15 minutes later, the man checked on Martin’s location finding that she was just outside the home, court documents say.

He called Martin and she said she couldn’t talk and abruptly hung up. She entered the home and was covered in blood; asked by her husband what had happened she allegedly said that she’d stabbed Fairbanks in self defense, court documents say. The man said Martin had a wound to her right arm that was bleeding.

He found his car running in the driveway with blood on the passenger seat. Court documents say he found Martin’s car parked on the street in front of the home with Fairbanks’ body partially in the back seat. He called 911.

Inside the home the man noticed Martin was holding a knife and he took it from her, court documents say. The man recognized the knife as one his mother said had gone missing from the butcher block knife holder a few days before.

The man told police that Martin has been addicted to pain killers for three or four years and that she was taking non-prescribed Percocet and another prescribed drug. In an ambulance on her way to the hospital Martin allegedly said she’d taken Percocet within the last 24 hours and had smoked meth an hour before the alleged stabbing, court documents say.

Investigators observed a trail of blood leading from the area of the husband’s car toward Martin’s car, indicating that Martin had allegedly moved Fairbanks’ body.

Martin allegedly also said in the ambulance that she “pushed [Fairbanks] and grabbed her knife, I didn’t mean to,” and “I don’t know how many times I stabbed her,” court documents say.

An autopsy found that Fairbanks was stabbed multiple times in her face, neck and arms, and had injuries to her hands, according to court documents.

Martin has no previous felony convictions, court records say. Her first appearance in Ramsey County District Court was Aug. 7 and her next appearance is scheduled for Aug. 20.


—Mike Munzenrider

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