Maryland’s Harford County Sheriff’s Office detectives have charged Donnell Graham, age 17, of the 200 block of Fairwood Drive in Bel Air, MD for the homicide of Patrick Xavier Ward, age 29, of the 900 block of Redfield Road in Bel Air, MD. Ward was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso, while inside of his apartment on August 5, 2011 at approximately 8:50 pm.
According to reports, Mr. Ward had suffered a lifetime of medical problems which eventually led to his blindness.
Neighbors nearby indicated that they heard an argument coming from inside of Ward’s apartment. After attempting to unsuccessfully gain access to the victim’s apartment by the front door, the neighbors climbed in the victim’s balcony and gained entrance to his apartment. Once inside, they saw the suspect, a young black male who quickly fled the apartment. Ward was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company where he was pronounced deceased upon arrival.
Based on information provided at the scene by neighbors and witnesses, patrol deputies were able to quickly identify the suspect – Donnell Graham. A canine track led deputies from the crime scene to the front of the suspect’s apartment building. Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to take Graham into custody without incident.
Detectives have determined that the suspect, Graham, had attempted to burglarize the victims’ home, when he was unexpectedly confronted by the victim and stabbed him multiple times.
Donnell Graham, age 17, of the 200 block of Fairwood Drive in Bel Air, MD has been charged as and adult with 1st & 2nd degree Murder, 1st & 2nd degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure.
Graham was transported to the Harford County Detention Center for processing and is currently being held with no bond as the result of his initial hearing with the District Court Commissioner. His bond review is scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2011 at 1:15pm at the District Court in Bel Air.
Patrick Ward was looking forward to being in his sister’s wedding, which is taking place in a few weeks. Now his mother will be burying him in the suit he bought for that wedding.
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