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Police find stabbing victim near apartment complex

July 07, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

State police said they found a 36-year-old Martinsburg man lying outside the Capital Heights apartment complex Sunday morning, the victim of several stab wounds to the upper body.

Leroy Lee Newell Jr. was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition Sunday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

It appears Newell was stabbed several times in the upper back and neck area, said Senior Trooper J.D. Burkhart.

Newell, who was found outside the part of the apartment complex off Boarman Place about 9:20 a.m., was conscious when troopers arrived, Burkhart said.

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Although state police declined to go into detail about the stabbing, it appears Newell and another man became involved in an argument before Newell was stabbed, Burkhart said.

Newell told police who stabbed him, but Burkhart declined to describe that person.

No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.

Troopers were unable to find any witnesses to the stabbing, Burkhart said. It is the second serious crime to occur at the apartment complex in the last three weeks.

Kirk Leon Grantham, 25, of Martinsburg, was charged with murder in the shooting of Marvin L. Redman at Capital Heights on June 15.

Redman, 35, was shot outside a part of the complex where Grantham lived, court records said. It is believed Grantham and Redman got into a verbal argument that turned physical when Grantham shoved Redman into the side of a van, court records said.

When State Trooper T.L. Lind responded to the scene, he found one woman, Rashawn Williams, 22, on the ground.

Williams, identified as Grantham's girlfriend, had been shot in a calf muscle, according to West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

A second woman, Darise Cole, 42, had a gunshot wound to her right arm, records say. Cole is Grantham's mother, Walker said.On the ground and lying in his girlfriend's lap was Redman, who did not answer when police asked who shot him, according to court records. He was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, then airlifted to Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, where he died about seven hours after the shooting.

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