LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) – A defense lawyer says an argument about presidential politics led to a fight in which his client is accused of beating her 66-year-old friend to death with a crockpot.

A suburban Detroit judge on Thursday ordered 50-year-old Tewana Sullivan of Detroit tried for first-degree murder in the Oct. 22 death of Cheryl Livy at Livy’s home in a Livonia senior housing complex.

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Police Officer Michael Lewallen says he found Sullivan sobbing near her mortally injured friend and saying she was “sorry” she “did it.”

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The Detroit News  reports that defense lawyer John McWilliams says the women were arguing over “presidential politics” and “whatever the controversy is between Democrats and Republicans.”

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First-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole. Sullivan’s next court date is Feb. 12.
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