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Hearing set for Pa. man accused in stabbing

February 04, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man charged with attempting to kill another man with a butcher knife Sunday morning was in Franklin County Prison Monday and scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week, police and court officials said.

Derek Anthony Shoemaker, 21, was charged with one count each of criminal intent to commit criminal homicide, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents. He was arraigned by District Justice Gary Carter and was scheduled to appear for a hearing at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 in Carter's office.

Shoemaker was charged following a fight inside 1024 Warm Spring Road, Lot 55, at 2 a.m. Sunday that left Aaron Myers hospitalized with four knife wounds to the back, Pennsylvania State Police said.

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Myers was listed in fair condition at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Five people were in the home early Sunday when a fight ensued between Shoemaker and Myers, court records allege. The fight escalated to the point the men were bumping chests and shoving each other, court records said.

At some point Shoemaker allegedly grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen counter and began motioning as though he was going to stab the victim, court records allege.

A resident, Michael Jackson, told Shoemaker to drop the knife, which he did, police said.

But when Jackson left and Myers retreated to his bedroom with his girlfriend, Shoemaker allegedly retrieved the knife and grabbed another kitchen knife off the counter and went into the bedroom, where he got up onto the bed and began waving the knives around, court records allege.

He then threw one of the knives in the general direction of Myers so that it struck the wall about 3-feet from where he stood, court records said.

Angie Jackson, Myers' girlfriend, got Shoemaker out of the room, but he rammed the door twice with his body and came back in, court records said.

Once the door opened, he rushed at the victim, grabbing him so that they were facing each other in a hugging position. He then began stabbing Myers in the back repeatedly, court records allege.

Shoemaker was taken into custody at the scene, police said.

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