UPDATE: Lewisburg man stabbed; info sought

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Lewisburg man was in critical but stable condition Friday as a result of a stabbing city police believe was motivated by robbery.

Charged with attempted murder is Jerry L. Hunter, 50, of 416 1st Ave. North, who was booked at the Marshall County Jail on Thursday night in connection with wounds suffered by Cleveland Holder, 52, of 432 1st Ave., North, Lewisburg police said Friday.

Detective Sgt. David Henley said he and the city's other detectives "took a lot of blood and fiber evidence" through Thursday night and Friday morning, and that people in the area of First Avenue North were helpful.

"We had a couple of witnesses in the area who led us to believe that (Hunter) was a suspect," Henley said, "so we got a search warrant from Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler and went to Hunter's home where we fund enough evidence to charge him."

Holder and Hunter "knew each other," Henley said.

Police need more information, so Henley is asking the public for help. People with information about the stabbing are asked to call police at 931-359-3800. Calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 359-4867. Callers identities will be kept confidential.

Lewisburg Officer Russell Grubbs was apparently the first officer on the scene and his report outlines what he found when responding to a call for help at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday at 434 1st Ave. No.

Holder was on Linda Wallace's front porch where she was holding a bath towel around his neck to provide pressure to his knife wounds.

Wallace didn't know Holder since she'd been living at the mobile home for about a week, but she thought he lived in the mobile home behind her house. The two residences are on the south side of the fenced in storage area rented by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Wallace found Holder because he knocked on her door, asked for help and then collapsed.

Police went to the victim's trailer, found blood on the porch, floor, a chair, and in the kitchen. Grubbs and Officer Chris Sawyers secured the scene and the Marshall County Emergency Medical Service rushed the victim to Lewisburg's Ellington Airport so an Air Evac helicopter ambulance could fly him to the Nashville hospital.

A high bond was set by a judicial commissioner on Thursday night for Hunter, Chief Chuck Forbis said. Henley anticipated a first appearance for Hunter in Marshall County General Sessions Court before Judge Steve Bowden on Tuesday.