Details emerge about stabbing at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 6:12 AM

PORTSMOUTH- Court documents filed Monday morning explain the incident that led to one sailor being stabbed, another being hunted by police, and a day-long lock down at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth last Friday.

The documents suggest that a fight broke out in the barracks between the suspect, 26-year-old Wilbur Harwell, and the victim, 25-year-old Petty Officer 2nd class Justin Powell, who is recovering from multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen.

Witness accounts say Harwell was wielding a blade and stabbed Powell during the fight.  Witnesses were able to separate the two men when they saw Powell's stab wounds.

According to the affidavit, Harwell told a witness that he stabbed the victim several times and "thought the victim might die."

Harwell appeared before a federal magistrate in Norfolk Monday.  He stood at attention and stared straight ahead as the judge asked him questions.  He was ordered a court-appointed attorney and then ordered back into the custody of the US Marshals.  He is back in court on Thursday. 

Affidavit details:

 CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE AFFIDAVIT FILED IN FEDERAL COURT MONDAY MORNING

 

 

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