Stab­bing sus­pect faces at­tempted mur­der charge

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL - By TRISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

FAIRLEE — A mis­un­der­stand­ing about a miss­ing wal­let ap­par­ently sparked a near­fa­tal stab­bing at the Bay­wood Court apart­ment com­plex, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Randy Donel Wil­son, 34, was flown 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 ob­tained video footage that showed most of the as­sault and sup­ported Wil­son’s ver­sion of the events.

Po­lice be­lieve 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 first­de­gree as­sault.

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

Wil­son 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. There also 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 Wil­son was stabbed with a bladed knife — not a box cut­ter.

As of press time, 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 Dfc. 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 he had known Mur­ray for more than a year and con­sid­ered him a friend at one point.

On the morn­ing of Oct. 18, 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 he ini­tially thought he had been hit 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. Trinks ad­min­is­tered first aid to Wil­son be­fore emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel ar­rived. A Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter took Wil­son to the trauma cen­ter.


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