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Hearings held for Ballard murder trial

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Pre-trial hearings were held Monday setting the groundwork for next week's trial of an Albany woman charged with murdering her boyfriend.

36 year old Leslie Ballard is accused of stabbing Anthony Hartsfield on June 11, 2011 at their home on Cherry Avenue.

Investigators say she stabbed Hartsfield once with a stainless steel kitchen knife in front of four children.

Monday, a GBI forensic toxicologist testified that Hartsfield's blood alcohol level was .10.

Ballard says she killed Hartsfield in self defense.

Her murder trial is scheduled to start September 23.

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