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Hagerstown stabbing victim in fair condition

September 23, 2009

A man who was stabbed Tuesday night in an alley in downtown Hagerstown was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon at Washington County Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jesse Lee Spangler, 26, was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso in an alley at the rear of 25 W. Church St., according to Hagerstown Police.

Jason Scott Marquart, 34, of Hagerstown, is charged with attempted first-degree and attempted second-degree murder in the incident. He was being held Wednesday afternoon in the Washington County Detention Center after Washington County District Judge Mark D. Thomas denied bond for him earlier in the day, a jail spokeswoman said.

A witness to the stabbing said Spangler and Marquart were sitting on a wall drinking whiskey when for unknown reasons, Spangler kicked or pushed Marquart off the wall, according to Washington County District Court records.

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Both men made stabbing gestures at each other, but the witness said he only observed Marquart make contact with Spangler, court records indicate.

Marquart told police that Spangler was "his buddy" and that he called 911 for help, according to court records.

When an officer asked Marquart if he stabbed Spangler, Marquart said, "I may have," court records indicate

A 7-1/2 inch knife was found in a pocket of Marquart's pants, according to court records.

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