Kortneigh McCoy murder spurs FSU to reduce violence

(AP, ABC7) - Frostburg State University says it's trying to understand and reduce student violence following the weekend slaying of a female sophomore student.

President Jonathan Gibralter wrote in a news release that the school is organizing several forums with students to discuss why some of them find it hard to resolve conflicts peacefully. A spokeswoman says the forums will start next week.

The Cumberland Times-News first reported Gibralter's message Wednesday.

Senior Shanee Liggins of Waldorf is charged with first-degree murder in the off-campus stabbing death Sunday of 19-year-old Kortneigh McCoy of Baltimore. Liggins claims someone else did it.

It was the second violent death of a Frostburg student in 19 months. Twenty-one-year-old Brandon Carroll of Glen Burnie was shot to death by student Tyrone Hall in April 2010.

According to charging documents, Liggins was collecting money as a cover charge to a party at the house where she lives when McCoy and her friends arrived. An argument ensued between one of McCoy's friends and Liggins. McCoy then allegedly became involved in the verbal altercation.

After the argument, the documents say that McCoy went outside the house and encountered one of her friends. She allegedly told the friend that she was going to fight a girl, then changed course and said she was only going to talk to her.

A short time later, Liggins allegedly came out of the house and a fight ensued between her and McCoy, during which blows were exchanged, including one from McCoy to Liggins that opened a cut on her lip.

The documents allege that at this point, the suspect had a knife in her hand; some witnesses saw it while others did not. During the course of the fight, Liggins then allegedly stabbed McCoy twice, once in the head and once in the neck.