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May 1, 2014

Deadly argument

Girlfriend jailed in man’s fatal stabbing

HERMITAGE — An argument over a cell phone at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday left a Hermitage man dead. The girlfriend he had been living with faces a criminal homicide charge.

Lashara Deshay Wilder, 37, stabbed Eric Wayne Williams, 32, once in the upper left chest in their home at Shenango Park Apartments, 1535 Parke Drive, Hermitage police said.

Williams was pronounced dead about an hour later at UPMC Horizon, Farrell.

In the affidavit of probable cause they filed to support their homicide charge, police said they arrived to find Williams lying unconscious on his back in the hall of the building with his head in Wilder’s lap.

At the request of police, she lifted a paper towel she was holding on the victim’s chest over a single stab wound.

Wilder, whose breath police said smelled of alcohol, told them she and Williams had had a relationship off and on for about 10 years. They had been arguing over many things, including his accusation that she was seeing someone else, she said.

Both had knives at one point while they were arguing in their bedroom, Wilder told police.

dLater at the police station, investigators told Wilder of her rights, including her right not to talk to police about the stabbing. Wilder waived her right to silence and agreed to talk to investigators, police said.

She said Williams took her iPhone and got a knife from the kitchen near the end of the argument. They “tussled,” Wilder said, as she blocked the door in an effort to keep him from leaving with her phone and car keys.

“Wilder stated that she knocked the knife out of Williams’ hand and that it landed on the kitchen table where she picked it up,” police said in the court document. “Wilder stated that during the tussle she heard Williams state, ‘you got me.’ Wilder stated that she then began to observe a large amount of blood coming from Williams. Wilder stated that she was not trying to hurt Williams and just wanted her phone back.”

Police said they recovered two knives, as well as other evidence from the apartment building.

Wilder was charged with a single count of criminal homicide during an arraignment Wednesday afternoon before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

Wilder was taken to Mercer County Jail to await a preliminary hearing Antos set for 10:15 a.m. May 15.

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