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Hagerstown man charged with murder in stabbing

November 14, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was arrested Thursday in connection with the Oct. 31 stabbing death of Billy Lee Black near his Hagerstown home, according to a Hagerstown Police Department press release.

Alec Scott Eger, 19, of 15 Berner Ave., is charged with first-degree murder and felony murder in the death of Black, 47, of Church Street, Sgt. Paul J. Kifer said.

Eger also is charged with robbery, first- and second-degree assault, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon to cause injury and theft, Kifer said.

Eger confronted Black Oct. 31 about 5:30 a.m. as Black was leaving his house to go to work, Kifer said.

Kifer said Eger accused Black of physically abusing Black's 15-year-old daughter, whom Kifer described as a friend of Eger's. Kifer said police have not confirmed any allegations of abuse.

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A fight ensued and Eger stabbed Black "multiple times about the head and neck," police said.

Afterward, Black's body was dragged to a spot near his truck and his wallet was taken, police said.

Black's body was found that morning in a pool of blood behind a house at 210 James St. in Hagerstown's West End, The Herald-Mail has reported.

Black's body was found to the rear of his truck behind 526 W. Church St., which is near the intersection of James and Church streets, police said.

Police said Eger had two knives in his possession when he fled the scene and are asking residents in the area to look for one of the knives, which police said Eger dropped while running through yards.

Police said the area of interest is from James Street west to Devonshire Street and from Washington Street to Georgia Avenue.

Police asked that anyone who finds a knife not touch it and call police.

The investigation was continuing.

Anyone with information may call the Hagerstown Police Department at 301-790-3700, ext. 234, or send an e-mail to crimetip@hagerstownpd.org.

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