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Suspect in fatal Aberdeen stabbing ordered to have psychiatric test

Suspect in fatal Aberdeen stabbing ordered to have psychiatric test
Aberdeen Police say they have charged Andrew Sun Lee, 21, with the fatal stabbing Friday of a Baltimore woman who was visiting family in Aberdeen. (Aberdeen Police Department / Baltimore Sun)

A 21-year-old Aberdeen man accused in Friday's early-morning fatal stabbing of a Baltimore woman has been ordered to undergo a psychological competency test.

Andrew Sun Lee, of Taft Street in Aberdeen, has been in and out of Sheppard Pratt psychiatric hospital, public defender O'Melia James told Harford County District Court Judge Victor Butanis during a bail review Monday.

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"We had some serious concerns," James said about Lee, noting Lee did not know his diagnosis but she thinks he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Lee was "covered in blood from head to toe" when he arrived at Harford Memorial Hospital at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Assistant State's Attorney David Ryden said, about 12 hours after 27-year-old Ericka Satterfield was found suffering from life-threatening stab wounds in the 100 block of North Post Road in Aberdeen.

Lee was arrested at the hospital, where police said he had gone for treatment of cuts that they believe occurred in connection with the attack.

The victim was found partially clothed, on the ground under a wooden fence, with a deep wound to her face and numerous stab wounds to her body and extremities, according to police charging documents.

Satterfield, who was staying with relatives at a nearby apartment, died of her injuries at a local hospital, police said.

Witnesses told police they heard loud screams and went outside, where they saw "a white male on top of a female, assaulting her," according to the statement of charges. The male then got off the victim and fled on foot toward the Highland Commons Apartments, off of Roosevelt Avenue.

The victim's relative told police that Satterfield and her children had just arrived for a visit and had left to get some food just before the assault, according to the statement of charges.

Lee told police at the hospital he was injured when a barbell fell on him, according to the statement of charges. Witnesses later identified him from a police line-up, according to the statement of charges.

"At this present time there is no connection [between Lee and Satterfield] but we are still very actively investigating any possible links between the two," Aberdeen Police Officer Jason Neidig said via email Monday.

Lee appeared at the hearing via closed circuit television from the Harford Detention Center, where he has been held without bail since his arrest on Friday.

Lee has a couple of prior misdemeanor charges for bothering neighbors, including knocking on doors to tell them he "had a vision," Ryden said.

Lee told the judge he has lived on Taft Street for about two years with his mother and stepfather. He completed the 11th grade at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, James said.

Lee also told Butanis he plans to hire his own lawyer, whom he identified as Clarke Ahlers, but Butanis advised James that she should proceed with the bail review as Lee's counsel.

Lee is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and using a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, according to online court records.

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Butanis ordered him to continue to be held without bail and ordered a competency evaluation, "given the nature of the charges."

The crime is the third murder in east Aberdeen within two months.

On June 13, a man and a woman were found shot to death outside an apartment complex less than two blocks from the street where Friday's stabbing occurred. Two people have been charged in connection with that crime.

Wyatt Massey of The Baltimore Sun contributed to this report.

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