Dallas Woman Murdered after Admitting HIV Status

Assault

Police say Larry Dunn, 36, admitted to having sex with Cicely Bolden, and then stabbing her to death. He says it's because she didn't tell him she was HIV positive.

Now, hes' being held in the Dallas County Jail on a murder charge. His bail is set at $500,000.

Bolden's two kids, ages 7 and 8, found her body Thursday afternoon.

"The kids was crying and I ran in there to see what's going on. I seen her laying on the side of the bed," said neighbor Latoya Arnett.

Arnett was the first to call police, after stumbling on a scene she can't get out of her head.

"It's like, every time I close my eyes I see her," said Arnett.

Police say, when Dunn found out Bolden was HIV positive, he walked into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and killed her.

Dunn told police "she killed me, so I killed her."

"How did he know he had it? How did he know?" asked Arnett.

"In this case, the person was killed because of their real or perceived, and we don't know, HIV status. This is a classic panic defense. Why wasn't the guy taking his own precautions? He could have been wearing a condom," said Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center Dallas Communications and Advocacy Manager.

While some states require those with HIV to notify sexual partners, Texas doesn't. Health care providers must notify former partners when someone tests positive, but not future ones.

Also, Texas is one of 13 states that does not criminalize HIV transmission.

"However, we have seen cases, very recently in fact, where someone who is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon because of their HIV status," said McDonnell

In May, 2009, Pillippe Padieu, of Frisco, was found guilty of six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after infecting six women with HIV.

No matter the legal issues surrounding the disease, McDonnell says everyone should practice safe sex.

"Take control of your sexual health. Not only ask, but take precautions. Precautions are easy to access," he said.

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