Homer Washington accused of stabbing Shorewood man to death

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by Chris Patterson

SHOREWOOD -- 21-year-old Homer Washington is charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide after allegedly stabbing Clarence Charles to death in his Shorewood apartment. Charles was found dead in his Shorewood apartment by police on July 16th.

According to the criminal complaint, Washington and Charles were involved in a relationship. The complaint goes on to say the two were fighting, because Charles alleged Washington was messing around with someone else. Washington told police the two argued for a while about this.

According to Washington's testimony, he and Charles went into the bedroom to engage in sexual acts. Washington told police he had trouble performing, and this upset Charles. Washington says Charles left the room to retrieve a frozen pizza he put in the oven before going into the bedroom.

Washington claims Charles came back into the room with a knife in his hand. He also alleges Charles punched him in the back of the head as he was trying to get dressed. The two men struggled for the knife, and in his testimony Washington says Charles stabbed himself in the neck. Washington tells police he began choking and stabbing Charles. An autopsy found Charles had been stabbed 11 times.

Washington told police he saw that Charles was not breathing, but left anyway. He fled the scene in Charles' stolen vehicle. He later sold the Chevy Blazer for $250.

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