Man charged with stabbing homeless man in Halfway

June 06, 2004|By CANDICE BOSELY

HALFWAY - A homeless man was stabbed once in the lower abdomen Saturday evening after getting into an argument with a man who was letting him stay in his mobile home, police said.

Elmer Lawrence Schlette Jr., 41, was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Nearly three hours after the 5:44 p.m. stabbing, he still was in surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jackie Elwood Martz, 62, of 11119 Lakeside Drive in Lakeside Trailer Park, the man police allege stabbed Schlette, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, said Cpl. C.S. Howard of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Martz did not know Schlette before meeting him on the street a week ago and inviting him to stay in his home, Howard said.


An argument that preceded the stabbing became physical and culminated in the stabbing, Howard said. The fight involved money, Howard said.

"Martz felt that he was being taken advantage of," Howard said.

After being stabbed, Schlette ran to a home at 11117 Lakeside Drive and called 911, police said.

Officers found and seized a large steak knife in the home that reportedly was used in the stabbing, Howard said. He said there was no blood in the trailer.

When police arrived, they spoke to Schlette, who gave his version of what happened before being taken to the hospital. Martz would not open his door for the officers, who forced their way into the trailer, Howard said.

Martz did not resist officers once they were inside, Howard said.

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