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Police arrest man in South Baltimore slaying

Baltimore police charged a 57-year-old man in a South Baltimore fatal stabbing of a woman they say was his fiancee.

Investigators say William Thornsberry killed Sara Harris, a woman they said he was in a relationship with on Saturday inside a house in the 1500 block of Marshall St. They charged him with murder and weapons charges and he remains in jail without bail, police said.

An attorney for Thornsberry was not listed in online court records, and a relative could not be located.

Police initially responded to the home just before midnight for a report of a cutting and an attempted suicide, according to charging documents police filed in court. Upon arrival, officers say Harris, 45, suffered from stab wounds to her torso and back. She was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Police said they found an 8-inch knife in the kitchen sink in the home and blood stains on a pink and white comforter on an inflatable mattress in the living room. Police said Thornsberry was outside on his cellphone after the stabbing and was overheard using the word "kill," charging documents say.

Detectives questioned him, and he told police that Harris was drinking and got into a physical altercation with him, police said. He said he left the home and returned to find her holding the knife police had found, investigators said. Thornsberry told police that Harris sustained the wounds during a struggle where he tried to get the knife out of her hand, police said.

But the detectives noted in their report that he did not call 911 after the incident but had a friend call 40 minutes after the victim had sustained the wounds. Police also said he admitted to washing the knife.

An autopsy came back saying Harris had died as a result of "homicide" or at the hands of another person, and detectives arrested Thornsberry.

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