Deadly Stabbing Verdict

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Monday night a jury reached a verdict in the case of a deadly stabbing. Police say the suspect and victim were fighting over a romantic interest.

After deliberating the entire afternoon jurors found Joshua Albright not guilty on all charges.

Albright was accused of stabbing Benjamin Miller to death back in August after the two got into a fight over a girl.

The prosecution leaned heavily on Sasha Sampson's testimony. Sampson was Miller's girlfriend, but had spent the night of the stabbing with Albright. Sampson testified that she watched Miller punch Albright in the back of the head several times. She said she doesn't remember seeing a knife, but at one point in the fight, she said Miller staggered away, clutching his side.

Sampson testified Albright chased after Miller, stabbing him in the back and a second fight began. She said Miller finally staggered away again.

Miller was pronounced dead at the hospital. Autopsy result showed he had been stabbed 23 times, including wounds to his liver, lungs and heart. The reports identified a stab to Millers neck as the cause of death.

"23 stab wounds. At some point that does not become self defense," Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Jan Lipovsky said. "In his mind that fight wasn't over until he said it was over."

The prosecution called into question Albright's credibility. They say he wavered on details of the story.

"When you look at what he says and when you look at what the evidence says, they don't add up," Lipovsky said.

Albright's attorney did the opposite, questioning how credible Sampson's testimony was. He said Miller laid an ambush for Albright.

"He lies and waits. When Mr. Albright shows up to change his tire, he rushes out of the darkness like [the] Terminator," Defense Attorney Jim Hoope said.


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