Stabbing sus­pect faces at­tempted mur­der charge

Kent County News - - OPINION - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

FAIR­LEE — A misunderstanding about a miss­ing wal­let ap­par­ently sparked a near-fa­tal stabbing last week at the Bay­wood Court apart­ment com­plex, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Randy Donel Wil­son, 34, was air­lifted to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more on Tues­day morn­ing, Oct. 18, for treat­ment of mul­ti­ple stab wounds. He has been dis­charged.

Lt. Den­nis Hick­man of the Kent County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said Wil­son iden­ti­fied his as­sailant as Ter­ence Wal­ter Murray II.

Hick­man said he was able to ob­tain video footage that showed most of the as­sault and sup­ported Wil­son’s ver­sion of the events.

Po­lice be­lieve that Murray, who has no fixed ad­dress, was stay­ing with a friend at the Bay­wood Court apart­ments at the time of the stabbing.

The sher­iff’s of­fice has ob­tained a war­rant for Murray’s ar­rest on charges that in­clude at­tempted mur­der and first-de­gree as­sault.

Murray, 28, had not been ap­pre­hended as of press time Wed­nes­day

il­son was stabbed out­side an apart­ment in the 23000-block of Bay­wood Court, near Fair­lee. Hick­man said from pho­to­graphs that were taken of Wil­son’s in­juries, he counted six stab wounds.

The pho­to­graphs show a large slash­ing wound on Wil­son’s left bi­cep and three slash­ing wounds on his face, ac­cord­ing to court records. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are two stab wounds on Wil­son’s back and one stab wound to the chest “that caused a col­lapsed lung and was close to Wil­son’s heart,” ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion for state­ment of charges.

Be­cause of the depth of the wounds, po­lice be­lieve that Wil­son was stabbed with a bladed knife — not a box cut­ter.

As of press time Wed­nes­day, the weapon had not been re­cov­ered, Hick­man said.

A friend of Wil­son’s called 911 and Wil­son was inside his apart­ment on the bath­room floor when Deputy First Class Philip Trinks of the sher­iff’s of­fice ar­rived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m.

Po­lice be­lieve Wil­son was stabbed out­side an ad­ja­cent apart­ment be­cause “there was a clear blood trail from the lo­ca­tion of the as­sault to Wil­son’s apart­ment,” Hick­man wrote in a sher­iff’s of­fice news re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, Wil­son iden­ti­fied his at­tacker as “Lil T,” which is Murray’s nick­name.

Wil­son told po­lice that he had known Murray for more than a year and at one point con­sid­ered him a friend.

On the morn­ing of Oct. 18, which was un­sea­son­ably warm, Wil­son, Murray and a third man who also lives at the Bay­wood Court apart­ments were out­side talk­ing. At some point, Murray ap­par­ently be­came an­gry be­cause he be­lieved Wil­son had ac­cused him of tak­ing Wil­son’s wal­let, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. In Wil­son’s mind, that is­sue had been re­solved be­cause he’d found his wal­let with the money still in it, ac­cord­ing to the charg­ing doc­u­ment.

A ver­bal ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated to the point that Murray al­legedly at­tacked Wil­son.

Wil­son told po­lice that ini­tially he thought he had been struck with a closed fist.

“Wil­son stated he did not know he was bleed­ing, or he had been cut un­til after he had sep­a­rated from Ter­ence Murray and saw the blood drip­ping on the ground. Wil­son then re­al­ized he had been cut by some type of weapon and be­gan to feel weak.”

Wil­son told po­lice “it took all of his strength to get inside the apart­ment to get away from Ter­ence Murray,” ac­cord­ing to court records. Murray fled the scene. DFC Trinks ad­min­is­tered first aid to Wil­son be­fore emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel ar­rived. A Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter trans­ported Wil­son to the trauma cen­ter.

TER­ENCE WAL­TER MURRAY II

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