Sailor charged in stabbing at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

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by Mike Gooding, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 8:27 PM

NORFOLK -- The Navy has now charged Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur B. Harwell of Montgomery, Alabama with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the June 6 stabbing of another sailor on the grounds of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Harwell is accused of stabbing fellow sailor, Master at Arms 2nd Class Justin Powell multiple times, causing a serious laceration across Powell's throat that damaged his trachea.

Court documents filed last month suggest that a fight broke out in the Naval Support Activity Portsmouth Annex barracks between the suspect and victim. 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 remains in custody, in an unidentified brig.

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