LIMA — Jurors in the felonious assault trial of a Lima man who prosecutors say stabbed a former friend multiple times in April of last year on Tuesday watched a cell phone video of that alleged attack during the trial’s opening day.
Dalton Crowe, 27, is charged with stabbing Joshua McPheron no fewer than four times during an alcohol-fueled altercation between the two one-time friends at a West Grand Avenue residence in Lima.
McPheron took the stand Tuesday and testified that what started as a series of drunken boasts, threats and testosterone-fueled challenges escalated into a physical confrontation between himself and Crowe in the basement of an apartment at 207 W. Grand Ave. in Lima.
Questioned by Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Sturgill, McPheron said the day of April 3, 2018, was ripe for confrontation from the outset. Already on probation and prohibited from consuming alcohol, McPheron testified that on the day in question he was ready to forfeit seven months of sobriety and had already purchased a bottle of vodka. He told his brother, with whom he resided at the Grand Avenue location, that “I was going to the basement and I was probably going to make some bad decisions,” McPheron testified. “I said I wanted to be left alone.”
Later that day two friends — Angie Jordan and Crowe — joined McPheron in the basement. A cell phone video that was published as it happened on Facebook Live showed the trio laughing, drinking and enjoying life in general before things began to go south.
Friendly banter between Crowe and McPheron turned unfriendly quickly and the two exchanged punches in the basement before Crowe went upstairs. McPheron followed shortly. On the grainy video, the men appear to struggle in a close embrace before blood is seen on McPheron’s shirt. No weapon is visible on the video.
Court documents show he was stabbed at least four times with a kitchen knife.
Lima Police Officer Christopher Lemke testified that he provided first aid to McPheron on the porch of the residence. Lemke said he suffered cuts to the neck, chest and bicep and “was losing a lot of blood” when police arrived.
LPD Identification Officer Gregory Adkins identified the kitchen knife believed to have been used to stab McPheron and identified photos he had taken which showed blood on the kitchen wall and other locations in the apartment in question.
According to court documents, Crowe told police he stabbed McPheron at least once but alleged he did so in an act of self-defense.
The trial was set to resume Wednesday morning.