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Police continue searching for suspects in fatal W.Va. stabbing

April 24, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police on Sunday were still looking for two Eastern Panhandle men charged in a double stabbing along Rock Cliff Drive that left a Martinsburg man dead, said Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster.

Police said previously they have an arrest warrant for James Glenn Cross Jr., 32, of Kearneysville, W.Va., charging him with murder in connection with the stabbing death of Andre Jackson, 21.

Police said they also have a warrant charging Thomas Anthony Grantham, 34, of Martinsburg, with malicious wounding in connection with the stabbing of Jacques Taylor, 26, of Martinsburg, and with attempted murder for allegedly trying to run Jackson over with his vehicle.

Responding to a report of a stabbing, police found Jackson and Taylor in the 1900 block of Rock Cliff Drive on Saturday, according to a news release.

Lemaster said Sunday that Jackson and Taylor were found “in and around” a car along Rock Cliff Drive in the area of an Interstate 81 overpass.

Jackson was pronounced dead at City Hospital and Taylor was in stable condition at the hospital Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Officers were able to obtain warrants for Cross and Grantham after talking to witnesses in the area on Rock Cliff Drive where Jackson and Taylor were found, Lemaster said.

“They just did a lot of footwork identifying them,” Lemaster said of the officers working at the scene.

Lemaster said he could not comment on a possible motive for the stabbings until officers complete more interviews.

Lemaster could also not comment on the number of times Jackson was stabbed, saying that would become more clear once an autopsy on Jackson’s body is completed.

Those results might be available Monday, Lemaster said.

Police have asked that anyone with information about Cross or Grantham call Sgt. Boyles or Cpl. Christian at 304-267-7000, or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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