Man enters plea in stabbing case

November 21, 1996


Staff Writer

Albert Leon Monroe entered an Alford plea to battery Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in connection with a June 16 stabbing that sent the victim to the hospital for four days.

Monroe, 39, of Hagerstown, told Judge John H. McDowell that he wouldn't admit guilt to the charge but that he acknowledged the state had enough evidence to prove its case - the key element of an Alford plea.

"The only reason I'm pleading is because I want to get this over with,'' Monroe said. "I didn't touch that man.''


Charges of assault with intent to murder, carrying a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and assault were dropped in exchange for the plea Thursday.

According to Assistant State's Attorney Susan Haugh, the incident occurred in the 200 block of North Jonathan Street.

The victim, Jeffrey Lynn Washington, 35, of Hagerstown, was admitted to Washington County Hospital with a stab wound in his lower left back.

Police reports indicate Washington had been walking along when a man approached him from behind and accused him of "messing with his woman.''

An argument ensued, and Washington was stabbed, police said.

He walked to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, which included a collapsed lung, police said.

Police interviewed Washington in his hospital bed the day after the incident and Washington identified his alleged attacker.

A photo array shown to Washington led to Albert Monroe being charged, police reports said.

Monroe is on parole for distribution of cocaine and faces six years of backup time for that conviction, Haugh said. His prior criminal record also includes theft and armed robbery, Haugh said.

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