A man acquitted of two murder charges in 2016 has been charged with stabbing someone Thursday evening, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.
William Eugene “Bill” Murphy, 61, of Hollywood Ridge Road is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Deputies were called to 1665 Old North Road at about 5:50 p.m. after someone reported that a young man had been stabbed, apparently during an argument, Lt. Shelly Hartley said.
The deputies were on there way when they found Murphy walking along on Old North Road, and they stopped and detained him, Hartley said.
At 1665 Old North Road, they found Triston Jay Gibson, 23, who was holding a towel under his left arm where he had been stabbed, Hartley said. Gibson was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital.
A woman at the house said that Murphy and Gibson had been on the front porch of the home, and “they were getting loud,” so she went to see what was happening, Hartley said. Gibson met her at the door and asked her to call 911 because he had been stabbed.
While the deputies’ report didn’t indicate what Murphy and Gibson were arguing about, Murphy was found to have methamphetamine with him when he was taken to jail, Capt. Aaron Barlowe said.
Murphy was arrested in 2010 after his younger brother, Michael, implicated him in the 1990 killing of Mark and Jeanie Secreast. He was in jail six years before his first trial in early 2016 ended with a hung jury, 6-6. After a second trial that fall, he was found not guilty.
The stabbing Thursday evening was not the first violent incident at 1665 Old North Road. In June 2019, a Lenoir man shot another man in the head at that address. The man who was shot, Rocky Penley, survived, but his injuries left him with lifelong complications.
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