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Man, 86, fatally stabbed, daughter wounded at home


An 86-year-old man was fatally stabbed and his 25-year-old daughter seriously wounded in an attack early yesterday at their West Baltimore home, city police said.

A male friend of Alethea Harcum and her father, Leroy M. Harcum Sr., was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder, police said.

According to homicide Detective Bobby Patton, Ms. Harcum and a male friend attended a party on Carlisle Avenue Saturday night, after which the man drove her to her home in the 1200 block of Ashburton St. They arrived about 3 a.m., police said, and the man left several minutes later.

Patton said that about 6: 40 a.m., police responded to a report of an injured person at the Ashburton Street home and found Alethea Harcum bleeding from at least 30 stab wounds to the upper torso, hands and head.

While medics attended to her, she told police what had occurred and described the attacker.

Police found her father with multiple stab wounds on the floor of a second-floor bedroom.

Both victims were taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Harcum died a short time later and the daughter was in serious condition, police said.

Police said that several rooms in the house were blood-stained and a large kitchen knife belonging to the victims and believed to be the weapon used in the attack was recovered at the scene.

Patton said that while police were at the scene, a man appeared and was giving them information, when an officer recognized him from the daughter's description and arrested him.

Raymond G. Carter, 26, of the 3500 block of Copley Road was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder, police said. He was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail review hearing today.

Pub Date: 8/26/96

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