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Probable cause found in May stabbing case

July 24, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Washington County District judge found probable cause existed to send to trial a case against a Hagerstown man accused in a May stabbing at the Creekside Inn.

Roger Benton Seal Jr., 24, of 329 Bryan Place, was charged May 3 with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Kenneth Darnell Little was stabbed several times during a fight at the restaurant and bar on Security Road near Hagerstown, Washington County Sheriff's Investigator Christopher Weaver testified Wednesday during a District Court preliminary hearing.

Weaver said he was called to the Creekside Inn at about 10 p.m. on May 2. When they arrived, police found Seal with blood on his shirt. They also found a pair of needle-nosed pliers in his pants.

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A doctor at Washington County Hospital told Weaver, without prompting, that the wounds were puncture wounds that could be caused by a weapon similar to needle-nosed pliers, Weaver testified.

District Judge Noel Spence found probable cause to send the case on to Washington County Circuit Court.

Seal posted a $10,000 bond in May, according to court information.

Conviction on all the charges would carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and $7,500 in fines.

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