A 31-year-old Union Bridge man is being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center in the stabbing death of a Finksburg manduring an argument over a pool game early Friday morning.

State police in Westminster arrested Donald Allen McCall about an hour afterthe 1:45 a.m. slaying and charged him with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault and battery, and carrying a deadly weapon.

The stabbing death of Roger Lee Childers, 24, of the 2500 block of Lawndale Road, was the first slaying in Carroll this year.

Last year's single killing came in the final days of the year, when state police discovered the body of 30-year-old Anne Rita Downs, who had been shot while she lay sleeping in the master bedroom of her Mount Airy home.

Her husband, 31-year-old Edwin F. Downs Jr., has been charged with murder. He is being held without bail at the detention center awaiting trial.

Police said Childers was stabbed in the chest during a fight with McCall over a pool game the men had played earlier that night in E. J.'s bar on Main Street.

One of E. J.'s owners, who asked not to be identified, said he asked McCall and Childers to leave the bar around midnight because they were arguing while playing.

The owner said the men were not outside the bar when he and his son closed just before 1 a.m.

The bar owner said McCall, who is unemployed, lived in an apartment above the bar with his girlfriend. He said he never saw Childers before Friday night.

Police said Childers was stabbed once in the chest with a buck knife during the fight.

He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore by state police helicopter. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m., police said.

McCall was arrested at 2:45 a.m., after police found the knife that was used to kill Childers under a flight of stairs in his apartment building, police said.

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