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Bond set in stabbing

August 26, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Bond was set at $75,000 Monday for a 16-year-old Hagerstown girl facing charges in connection with last Thursday's stabbing of a younger girl.

Wearing leg irons and a tan jail jumpsuit, Melody Ann Seal, of 251/2 Laurel St., appeared before Washington County District Judge Ralph France.

Originally held without bond, Seal has been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 18. Charges include attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, assault with intent to maim, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police reports said.

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The victim, Delanna Womack, 14, of South Potomac Street, was taken to Washington County Hospital by Community Rescue Service shortly after the 10:05 p.m. incident Thursday. She had been stabbed in the hands, the middle of her back and in her upper chest.

Womack has since been released from the hospital, officials said Monday.

Womack and several other girls drove to Seal's home and Seal went outside, police said. An argument with Womack ensued, police said.

Seal went back inside her apartment and when she came back out, she allegedly jumped through the passenger side window and Womack was struck in the chest, police said.

Several of the other girls attempted to pull Seal off Womack but she allegedly managed to again jump back in and Womack was stabbed again, police said.

"The state believes she should be held without bond because of the egregious nature of these acts," said Assistant State's Attorney Mark Wolfe.

Defense attorney David Littrell argued that she has no juvenile record and that he may seek to have the case handled in juvenile court.

"There's a lot more to this story," Littrell said.

After the stabbing, Seal was caught in the 800 block of Potomac Avenue, police said.

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