According to authorities, the 22-year-old suspect stabbed his 23-year-old roommate during an altercation that left both individuals with injuries.
After being injured, the victim was transported to Sparta police headquarters by a man who reportedly witnessed the stabbing. The victim was bleeding and suffering from cuts, abrasions, and bruises to his face when he walked into the police station.
The victim was later taken to Morristown Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and undergo surgery.
Police allegedly found the knife used to commit the attack in the suspect’s pocket.
Additionally, Sussex County police allegedly discovered 74 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the home shared by the suspect and the victim. As a result, the suspect was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During pre-trial hearings, the suspect’s defense attorney tried to get the Sussex County Superior Court judge to toss out the knife that was allegedly used in the violent attack.
Sussex County prosecutors had worked around the clock to try to reach a plea agreement in the case. However, the plea negotiations ultimately broke down; as a result, prosecutors are now preparing for a trial in superior court.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “No Plea Deal for Man Accused of Stabbing Roommate in Chest.”