Man charged with attempted murder in stabbing of ex-girlfriend

August 23, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Columbia man charged with attempting to murder his former girlfriend with a butcher knife Friday was in Howard County Detention Center on $900,000 bond yesterday until he can consult a lawyer.

Howard County District Court District Judge Louis Becker yesterday postponed the bond review hearing for Howard Lamount Savage of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road until later this week.

Meanwhile, the victim, Nicza Naomi Costley, 23, of the 9300 block of Matador Lane, rested at her townhouse in Oakland Mills yesterday. Her stab wounds included punctures to the head, behind her right ear, right eye, both arms, right shoulder, chest and right leg.

"I'm still trying to figure all this out," said Ms. Costley.

According to Ms. Costley, the incident began about 11:45 a.m. Friday while she was speaking with a social worker at her home and the suspect rode up on his blue 10-speed bike.

Ms. Costley said she let him into the home and that he went upstairs until the social worker left.

About 12:15 p.m., Ms. Costley said, the suspect came downstairs and began to argue with her. He then asked if he could go back upstairs to use the bathroom.

Minutes later, she said, the suspect came downstairs again and locked the door.

According to police charging documents, the two argued near the kitchen and the suspect began stabbing the woman with a butcher knife.

James Robinson, a next-door neighbor who was in his bedroom, said he heard screams, ran to his window and saw Ms. Costley standing at her front door with blood-stained clothes.

"I heard somebody screaming, saying 'Oh God, somebody please help me,' " Mr. Robinson said. He called 911.

Mr. Robinson said the woman ran up the street to another neighbor's house, where she collapsed. Howard County fire and rescue personnel arrived about 12:45 p.m., and Ms. Costley was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for emergency treatment.

At about 1:55 p.m. Friday, the suspect called 911 from the Shell gas station in the 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way and told a communications worker a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend had ended in a stabbing, according to charging documents.

Police arrested him there minutes later.

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