HAGERSTOWN - A man charged with murder told a police detective he "only" stabbed Leo Morris seven times - not 32 times - when told why he could face life without the possibility of parole in Morris' April stabbing death, according to police testimony Thursday.
Marshall Adams' Nov. 29 statement might or might not be allowed as evidence in his May trial on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in Morris' April 13 stabbing death on Bethune Avenue, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. said Thursday.
Long said he wanted time to review cases used to argue the statement's admissibility during Adams' suppression hearing Thursday. He said he would issue his opinion in writing after Jan. 1. Long did rule, however, that he will allow prosecutors to use Adams' May 17 statements to police in Adams' three-day trial, which is to begin May 1, 2007.
Hagerstown Police Department Detective Shane Blankenship testified Thursday that he served Adams with paperwork Nov. 29 that indicated prosecutors intend to seek a sentence of life without parole if Adams is convicted of first-degree murder in Morris' death.