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Man jailed in Charkes Town stabbing

June 22, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man remained in the Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond Monday night after he was charged in connection with a stabbing at a camper trailer along West Washington Street Saturday night, an official said.

James Eric Fender, 23, of 400 S. Mildred St., was charged with malicious wounding, said Detective Chris Kutcher of the Charles Town Police Department.

George Elmer Chopin, 75, of Charles Town, had stab wounds to the neck, arms and a hand, Kutcher said. He was treated at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center and released, he said.

The stabbing occurred in an area where people live in several camper trailers between the rear of the Turf Motel and Charles Town Races & Slots, Kutcher said.

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At about 8:21 p.m. Saturday, Fender and two women went to one of the camper trailers where Chopin lived, Kutcher said.

An argument started and Chopin was stabbed, Kutcher said.

Fender and one of the women left the area in a car, Kutcher said.

Fender was arrested Sunday at his home in Ranson, Kutcher said.

Kutcher declined to comment on a motive for the stabbing or the weapon that was used.

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