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Some charges dropped against suspect in stabbing

October 22, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- An attempted first-degree murder charge and an attempted second-degree murder charge were dropped Thursday against Jason Scott Marquart, 34, of Hagerstown, in connection with a Sept. 22 stabbing of another man in a downtown alley to the rear of 25 W. Church St., according to Washington County District Court records.

But Judge Mark D. Thomas found probable cause to send charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and a dangerous weapon charge in the case to Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to Hays Alley between the Market House building and the former YMCA, and found Jesse Lee Spangler, 26, lying in some bushes with stab wounds to his upper torso, according to a press release.

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 court records.

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