Man, 19, convicted of manslaughter in fatal stabbing of acquaintance

April 17, 1996|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Annapolis man was convicted of manslaughter yesterday for stabbing an acquaintance after a drug deal went sour.

William A. Graham, 19, of the 100 block of Crane's Crook Lane could get up to 10 years when he is sentenced June 24 by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Graham could have been convicted of second-degree murder in the June 27, 1995, fatal stabbing of Michael Wilson David Jones, 17. That charge would have carried a 30-year maximum sentence.

Judge Thieme said he was convinced the slaying was the result of Graham being knocked out by Mr. Jones just before the stabbing.

According to testimony, Graham, Mr. Jones and three friends met at Annapolis Mall about 7 p.m. June 26 and went to Cape St. Claire Beach to drink malt liquor.

Graham drove the group to the Annapolis Gardens housing complex to buy PCP, but after he negotiated to buy drugs, someone ran up to his car and grabbed his wallet containing $300, testimony showed.

Angry, Graham decided to take his friends home, driving at speeds of up to 90 mph, according to testimony. When he reached Mr. Jones' house, in the first block of Old Frederick Road in Arnold, Mr. Jones and Graham got out of the car and exchanged blows, and Mr. Jones knocked Graham unconscious, according to testimony.

Graham testified that when he regained consciousness, he saw Mr. Jones approaching him and grabbed a knife from his car because he feared for his life.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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