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Hagerstown man indicted in roommate's stabbing death

June 30, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Darrell Hicks
Darrell Hicks

HAGERSTOWN — A Washington County grand jury this week indicted a Hagerstown man on charges of fatally stabbing his roommate and leaving the man’s body in a closet for four days in their West Franklin Street apartment.

Darrell Hicks, 53, of 211 W. Washington St., Apt. 3, is charged in the Tuesday indictment with one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Hicks is charged in the death of 45-year-old Darin Bernard Pressman, who was stabbed 10 times with a kitchen-style knife in the apartment that the two men shared, Hagerstown Police Detective Tammy S. Jurado said in a statement of probable cause filed in Washington County District Court when Hicks was initially charged.

Pressman’s girlfriend found his body in the closet on June 3, about four days after his death, which is believed to have occurred on the night of May 29 or early on May 30, according to the charging documents.

Pressman had five stab wounds to the front of his body, three stab wounds to his torso and one each to the base of his neck and near his collarbone, the documents said.

Hicks was issued a summons to appear July 14 in Washington County Circuit Court, according to court documents.

A copy of the entry of appearance was mailed to Hicks on Tuesday at the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held Thursday on $750,000 bond.

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