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Martinsburg man charged in stabbing

January 13, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was charged with malicious wounding Monday in connection with a stabbing at his home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Richard Charles Taylor, 53, of 104 Swartz St., was arraigned Tuesday morning by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $10,000 bond for Taylor.

The victim and several witnesses said the victim and Taylor had been arguing, but neither would tell Martinsburg Police Department patrolman S.A. Shelton what the fight was about, according to the officer's complaint.

The victim told police that he was stabbed with a butcher knife and Shelton described the wound on the left side of the man's abdomen as "deep," according to the officer's complaint.

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While being detained, the defendant allegedly told Shelton that the victim "busted in" his door and forced himself into his house. "That's why I stuck him, what would you do?" Taylor was quoted as saying in the officer's complaint.

The defendant also said the victim pulled a knife on him after punching him in the face, and the victim later had fallen on the knife, Shelton said in his complaint.

The weapon was not located, according to Shelton's complaint, and the victim was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

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