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Murder Suspect Appears In Video Court

Suspect Galareka Harrison in video court. Suspect Galareka Harrison in video court.
Eighteen-year-old Mia Henderson Eighteen-year-old Mia Henderson

Updated by Marissa Pasquet and Tricia Daly and Jenny Anchondo KOLD News 13 Newsroom

Arraignment For Murder
Unedited Video Arraignment   of Suspect Galareka Harrison


A University of Arizona freshman, charged with first-degree  murder after a stabbing on a campus dormitory, faced a Tucson judge Thursday morning. 

Galareka Harrison's mother said she plans to speak to her for the first time since it happened on Friday. She hasn't been able to see her because of jail rules.

A police document notes that Harrison stabbed Mia Henderson several times because Henderson had accused her of stealing.  The document also states it happened while Henderson was sleeping and that Harrison wrote a note to make it look like a suicide.

Galareka Harrison appeared in video court at 9 a.m. Thursday, where the judge set her bond at $50,000.  Judge Michael Pollard rejected a prosecutor's request to set Harrison's bond at $1 million.  A deputy public defender told the judge that even a bond of $50,000 would be so high Harrison's family had little chance of coming up with the money.  Harrison's mother, Janice, said she is shocked by this tragedy and that her daughter had no history of violence. 

Harrison was arrested Wednesday afternoon for the murder of her roommate, 18-year-old Mia Henderson, a student at the University of Arizona.

According to a police report, the two students had a fight because Harrison was upset with Henderson after being accused of theft.  The report also says Harrison made it look like a suicide.  The victim filed the report just prior to the attack.  The attack occurred at the Graham Greenlee residence hall, near 6th Street and Highland.  Campus police responded to a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. 

The University of Arizona President Robert Shelton issued a statement regarding the death of  Mia Henderson. Pres. Shelton says, "the death of student Mia Henderson is a terrible tragedy that saddens everyone in The University of Arizona family. On behalf of the University I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Mia's parents, family and friends, and to assure our campus community that we are taking every possible step to handle this situation."
Pres. Shelton goes on to say, "at no time today was there a threat to anyone else on campus. Our police were on the scene within two minutes of the 911 call, provided medical treatment and secured the area. The police are continuing their investigation, counselors have been made available to students in Graham Greenlee Hall, and our Student Affairs staff is reaching out to offer support to Mia's family. The event is a reminder that violence can strike anywhere in our society. We all hope that university campuses would be immune to these terrible acts. Sadly, they are not, and Wednesday we mourn a senseless death. But please know that we will do everything within our power to keep The University of Arizona a safe and secure home to students, faculty and staff."

The Navajo Nation also issued a statement Wednesday morning. Navajo Officials say, they were notified of this tragic event by the University of Arizona and would like to offer their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Mia Henderson.  The president of the Navajo Nation, Joe Shirley Jr., is wondering whether Navajo people have lost their culture after the death of Mia.  He says he hates to think it but worries whether Navajos are losing their culture.  According to Navajo belief, tribal members must respect all living things, watch over one another and keep in harmony. He says Navajos are supposed to take care of their own.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Mia on Monday in Gallup, New Mexico.

This is the second death on the University of Arizona campus in less than two weeks. The school brought in grief counselors 10 days ago when a freshman girl killed herself in the Coronado dorm.

More information can be found on the University of Arizona Web Page.

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