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Wife won't testify, so charge dropped

April 25, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A charge of assault with intent to murder was dropped Thursday when a wife refused to testify against her husband about threats made against her with a knife last September.

Charles William Metz Jr., 40, of 347 S. Potomac St., pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to assault on a Hagerstown City Police officer in connection with the same incident.

He was placed on home detention for four months by Judge Frederick C. Wright III.

"His wife doesn't want to testify," said Assistant State's Attorney Duane Gigeous. He told Wright that she has five children from a previous marriage and is pregnant with twins.

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Defense attorney Carl Creeden said Metz had been out drinking at a bar earlier that night.

Metz said he has been attending alcohol meetings since the incident, sometimes as many as six a week.

Officers David Long and Patricia Shantz responded to the Metz home after a woman called to say her husband had come home drunk and assaulted her.

When the officers arrived, Metz came downstairs and shoved his wife into a wall while the officers were watching, according to Gigeous.

When Long followed Metz into the kitchen, Metz shoved the officer into a wall, Gigeous said.

At that point, Long tried to put Metz under arrest, but he and Shantz were unable to restrain Metz long enough to handcuff him, Gigeous said.

During the struggle, another man came up behind Long and tried to keep him from taking Metz into custody, Gigeous said.

That other man fled the house after struggling with Long and Shantz, but was later identified and charged. He is awaiting trial.

Metz was taken into custody when other officers arrived.

The woman told Long that her husband threatened her with a knife when he found her talking to the other man, police reports said.

Long was treated for a fractured bone in his thumb, Gigeous said.

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