Westminster youth faces attempted murder charge Man critically injured in Union Bridge stabbing

January 07, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A Westminster teen was being held without bail yesterday in the Carroll County Detention Center, charged as an adult with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Thursday night.

Christopher Charles Feenstra, 16, of Pennsylvania Avenue, also faces charges of assault with intent to kill, carrying a deadly weapon with intent to injure, assault and battery and reckless endangerment.

John M. Curran, 33, was reported in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The Feenstra youth was to be held at the detention center until a bail review hearing was rescheduled. District Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones postponed Friday's hearing after a bench conference on the youth's background.

Judge Ellinghaus-Jones said assistant public defender Brian Green will reschedule the hearing after his office gathers additional information.

According to court records, police were called to 36 S. Main St. in Union Bridge about 9 p.m. Thursday after neighbors reported that someone had been stabbed there.

Police found Mr. Curran bleeding from knife wounds in his chest and back. He was flown to Shock Trauma.

According to court records, neighbors told police that a teen-ager, who ran off after the stabbing, had been arguing with Mr. Curran. Police said the youth turned himself in.

Cpl. Edward Fox said state police believe the argument stemmed from a drug transaction.

Mr. Curran's wounds are considered life-threatening, and police will consider additional charges if he should die, state police spokesman Michael McKelvin said in a statement Friday.

Mr. Curran, a native of Union Bridge, was seriously injured last April when he and a friend, 40-year-old Edward E. Stultz, drove a Pontiac T-1000 into a Maryland Midland train in Union Bridge.

Police said the car, driven by Mr. Stultz, reached speeds up to 50 mph before it crashed into the freight train, which was receiving a shipment at Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge,

The accident, which killed Mr. Stultz and sent Mr. Curran to Shock Trauma, was deemed a double suicide attempt because a note the men signed that was found by police said they wanted to die.

The note said that through intravenous drug use, the men had been infected with the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Mr. Curran has since denied that he tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus.

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