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.