Shannon Lynn Chamberlain, 27, is escorted to her arraignment in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. She is charged the stabbing death of Sandra White Saturday night.Clark Van Orden/The Times Leader
WILKES-BARRE – An argument about a missing bank access card led to the stabbing that claimed the life of Sandra White outside a North Main Street apartment building Saturday night, authorities said.
Shannon Lynn Chamberlain, 27, was charged Wednesday with an open count of criminal homicide after an investigation by city police and Luzerne County detectives. She was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the county prison without bail.
Chamberlain, with addresses listed as Monroe Street, Wilkes-Barre, and East Grove Street, Nanticoke, has been jailed since Sunday, when she was captured on an arrest warrant – issued on Feb. 12 – for resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
Authorities said White, 42, of 456 N. Main St., and Chamberlain were arguing at 240 N. Main St. when Chamberlain allegedly stabbed White in the back just before 10:30 p.m. White died more than an hour later at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
“The motive to the killing was an argument about an access card,” District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll said. She said a knife investigators believe is the murder weapon was recovered near the residence.
According to the criminal complaint:
Shawn Patterson and Chamberlain were at the apartment visiting Patrick Walsh when Patterson claimed she received a phone call from White at about 9:47 p.m. Patterson didn’t answer her cell phone, but told police that White showed up at the apartment a few minutes later.
White blamed Patterson for taking her bank access card. Walsh told the women to leave his apartment because he didn’t want any trouble. As Patterson and White continued to argue, Patterson claimed White began arguing with Chamberlain.
Patterson told police that she grabbed Chamberlain’s hand and told her “Let’s go.” They began to walk away when Chamberlain pulled away from Patterson and went back to White, initiating a second argument, investigators alleged.
Patterson continued to walk away on North Main Street when Chamberlain caught up to her saying, “I stabbed the bitch,” according to the complaint. Patterson said she didn’t believe Chamberlain because Chamberlain wasn’t carrying a knife.
As they walked on North Main Street, the criminal complaint says, Patterson claimed Chamberlain “ducked between two buildings” when police cruisers passed them. Patterson continued to walk away leaving Chamberlain behind.
Chamberlain caught up with Patterson passing a King’s College security guard on North Washington Street, and walked to the residence of Troy Moyer on North Hancock Street.
Moyer told police he asked Chamberlain what was wrong, because she was sweating and acting nervous. According to the criminal complaint, Chamberlain told Moyer, “That bitch got on my nerves. I told her to leave me alone. She didn’t, so I kicked the bitch’s ass and she won’t bother me no more.”
An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Mary Pascucci determined White died from a single stab wound to her back. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled on April 30.