Man, 45, convicted in stabbing of ex-friend at Columbia home


A 45-year-old man was convicted last week of second-degree attempted murder and other charges in the stabbing of a Columbia man in the victim's home.

Charles E. Fitzgerald, of no fixed address, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18 for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and telephone misuse.

Fitzgerald was upset at a former friend, David Seay, 28, of the 10400 block of Blue Arrow Way. On March 7, he went to Seay's house and stabbed him several times with a pair of scissors, authorities said.

Prosecutor Sue-Ellen Hantman said during closing arguments in Howard County Circuit Court on Thursday that Fitzgerald went to Seay's house with the scissors to kill him. Fitzgerald broke down an exterior door, confronted Seay, then stabbed him.

Seay was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"He knew what he was doing," Hantman said, referring to Fitzgerald's actions.

Fitzgerald's defense attorney, Samuel Truette, said that his client only wanted to hurt Seay.

It took the 12-member jury about seven hours to reach a verdict in the case. Fitzgerald was acquitted on a charge of first-degree attempted murder.

Pub Date: 9/19/99

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