Three hurt, one to face charges in Raleigh domestic dispute

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— The end of a romantic relationship escalated early Monday into violence that left three people stabbed and one man accused of two counts of deadly assault.

Police plan to charge James Alexander Walters, 31, with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury after he is released from WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh.

Police have accused Walters of stabbing his 34-year-old former fiancée, Jessie Sky McClellan, and 26-year-old Peter Noah Tate.

Emergency workers transported all three people to WakeMed with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, police said.

The incident took place just before 3 a.m. Monday at a home at 413 E. Lane St. in the Oakwood neighborhood.

A search warrant made public Monday indicated that Walters and McClellan were in a seven-year relationship that she had recently ended.

Tate was renting the apartment where the violence broke out, and the couple had been living with him for the past two months, Raleigh police investigator J.M. De La Sierra stated in the search warrant application.

Police learned that the couple’s relationship had become “volatile” over the past month. Before the knifings took place, McClellan and Tate told Walters he had to find another place to stay, according to the court affidavit.

Police were told that Walters approached McClellan with a Japanese fighting sword and a kitchen knife that he used to stab her twice in the chest. She also had defensive wounds on her right hand and left arm, police reported.

Investigators have accused Walters of stabbing Tate in the throat and wounding him on the right side of his head when he tried to intervene in the attack, according to the court affidavit.

When police arrived at 2:49 a.m., the apartment was “covered in blood,” according to the affidavit.

Police seized several items from the apartment, including a bloodied knife, a shawl-like robe and a Japanese Katana sword, according to the search warrant.

Staff Writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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