Police Offer Details of Woman's Stabbing; Husband Is Held Without Bond

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 13, 2009

The 48-year-old Silver Spring man accused of killing his wife this week stabbed her four times before she escaped briefly with the knife lodged in her back, a Montgomery County prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

The woman collapsed on their living room floor with two wounds to her heart, the prosecutor said, citing witness accounts from inside the apartment.

As the victim, identified by police as Lamour A. Harrison, 37, lay on the floor with the couple's teenage daughter sobbing hysterically over her, Claude A. Harrison was "calmly stating that he was not a bad person," said the prosecutor, Peter Feeney.

Harrison then went into a closet, where police found him hiding, said Feeney, who argued that Harrison should be held without bond. Montgomery District Judge J. Michael Conroy agreed to the request.

Other details about the case surfaced Wednesday in the form of a Montgomery detective's version of the attack, spelled out in a document in support of first-degree murder charges against Harrison.

After arguing in the kitchen with his wife, Claude Harrison followed her to a bedroom, where she slammed the door between them, according to police. He then forced his way into the bedroom, according to the documents.

The bond hearing was the first public appearance for Harrison since the incident. Court records list him as 6 feet 3 inches and 155 pounds, a size he appeared to match. He said little, answering "Yes, your honor," when first addressed by Conroy.

Police were dispatched about 9:30 p.m. Monday to the apartment in the 3600 block of Bel Pre Road, about seven miles north of the Capital Beltway. Officers found Harrison, his wife, their daughter and another relative inside, according to Feeney.

Detectives think Lamour Harrison "attempted to barricade herself" inside their daughter's bedroom while Claude Harrison had the knife in his back pocket, according to Feeney. After forcing his way into the room, he stabbed her four times, Feeney said.

Lamour Harrison worked as a patient care technician at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. Co-workers said she had a bubbly personality and "was always trying to make people laugh," said Marisa Lavine, a hospital spokeswoman. Harrison worked hard and was willing to come in for extra shifts on short notice, Lavine said.

Adam Harris, a public defender representing Claude Harrison at the bond hearing, declined to comment afterward. It is unclear who will represent Harrison as the case progresses.

Authorities have not said what the Harrisons were arguing about, and Feeney declined to say.

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