Crime

Dispute over woman allegedly at center of stabbing in Lexington

A dispute over a woman was apparently at the center of a fight Tuesday morning that sent one man to the hospital and another to jail.

Both men face criminal charges in the altercation, which took place about 12:45 a.m. at a home on Owsley Avenue, off Richmond Road.

Lexington police responding to a call of shots fired and found Edward Stanley, 37, with a stab wound in his side and a cut on the arm, according to court documents.

Sam Maggard Jr., 37, was found about an hour later and charged with second-degree assault, accused of stabbing Stanley with "a metal object," according to a police report filed in Fayette District Court.

Stanley is "the new boyfriend" of Maggard's former girlfriend, the report said.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said witnesses told officers that people had gathered outside the fence at 318 Owsley Avenue, where the stabbing victim was staying.

The victim said several people in the group had been "causing him problems" recently, Roberts said.

When the victim, who was identified in court documents as Stanley, came outside and told them to leave, they refused and began arguing with him and throwing items in his yard, Roberts said.

Stanley then went inside and came back with a gun, she said. The person who called 911 reported hearing two shots fired rapidly.

According to police reports, Maggard said Stanley fired the gun at him.

Maggard then "aggressively approached Mr. Stanley, picked up a metal object and began assaulting him," the document said. Stanley was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday.

According to court documents, Stanley gave officers consent to search his room, where they found two pistols, "one of which had been recently fired." He is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for firing the gun. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia because officers found marijuana, two pipes, a pill grinder and "two cut straws used for snorting pills," court documents said.

Maggard's mother, Janice Hunter, said Tuesday afternoon that Stanley had been sending threatening text messages to her son for two weeks. She said the two men have been at odds for several months, since about the time Stanley began dating the mother of two of Maggard's children.

Hunter said she's not sure what her son was doing in front of Stanley's house Tuesday morning. She said she was surprised when police told her that this was not a case of self-defense.

"He did shoot at my son first," she said. "They were outside the fence."

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