Police responded to a report of a cutting in the 1500 block of Marshall Street on August 9, 2014. The responding officers found a woman with stab sounds to the back and torso. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma, where she was pronounced deceased the next day.
The woman was later identified as Sara Stallon. Her fiancé, William Thornsberry, told police that Stallon had committed suicide. On the night of the murder, Thornsberry was outside the residence, when he was overheard saying, “I killed somebody.” Thornsberry agreed to speak with homicide detectives after he was given an explanation of his rights, according to the news release.
Thornsberry said he had been in an altercation with Stallon who was heavily intoxicated on the night of the stabbing. He said he left the area and when he returned Stallon was attempting suicide and she was cut when he tried to wrestle the knife away from her.
Instead of calling 911, Thornsberry waited 40 minutes to call a friend after he killed Stallon. The friend told police Thornsberry said he thought Stallon had committed suicide. When the friend arrived at the residence, he called 911.
An autopsy determined Stallon’s death was a homicide.
Thornsberry’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 28. He faces a maximum 33-year prison sentence.