Suspect Charged in St. Mary's Co. Attempted Murder-Suicide

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (March 19, 2014)—Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a suspect in connection with an attempted murder-suicide that occurred earlier this week in St. Mary's County.

James M. Young, 32, of the 22000-block of Washington St., Leonardtown, was arrested on a warrant by troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack this morning upon his release from Medstar St. Mary's Hospital. He is charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, and second degree assault. Young is currently being held without bond in the St. Mary's County Detention Center.

Young is charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend, Lashawn M. Hurley, 34, with whom he lived. Hurley continues to receive medical treatment for her injury at the Prince George's Hospital Center.

Troopers were called to the apartment Young and Hurley shared shortly after 8:30 p.m. on March 17, 2014. Hurley had sustained a stab wound in the back. Young was with Hurley when troopers arrived and was kept under guard while in the hospital. He told troopers he had ingested pills in an apparent suicide attempt.

Investigators consulted with St. Mary's County State's Attorney Richard Fritz throughout the investigation. Advice was provided regarding criminal charges against Young.

Source: Maryland State Police HQ

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