Murder Suspect’s Mother Claims Self Defense

DES MOINES, Iowa – Next month, a Des Moines woman will be tried on murder charges. Her mother says it was self defense.

“My daughter’s not a murderer,” said Tresa Ramsbottom. “My daughter is very loving, very caring. She’d do anything for anybody.”

Last Thanksgiving, Ramsbottom’s daughter, Miranda Metcalf, went out drinking with some friends. A few hours later, the 21-year-old mother found herself with several men she hardly knew in some apartments.

Metcalf told her mother she wanted to leave but couldn’t find her keys. Then she said she got into a fight with one of the men, 28-year-old Juan Chavarria, and stabbed him in the chest, killing him.

“She was back there looking for her keys, she told me, and couldn’t find them and he was hitting her. Threw her up against the wall so hard that she hit her head, fell down the wall,” Ramsbottom said.

“I believe she was scared for her life. And then they were all laughing at her, talking in Spanish. She don’t understand Spanish. She don’t know what they were saying. She was scared to go to any door to get out. She didn’t know what they would do. She believes, I believe they were going to rape her.”

Ramsbottom said her daughter can’t remember anything about the incident. Metcalf is scheduled to be tried on first degree murder charged next month.

Metcalf’s trial for first degree murder is set for July 14th.