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Man charged in stabbing remains jailed

November 17, 2010

EAST LIVERPOOL - Clyde Harris remains in jail under a $500,000 bond while local law enforcement officers investigate the death of Cynthia Cline.

Cline, 51, was stabbed Saturday night while inside an apartment complex at 210 Baum St. in East Liverpool. She died at a Pittsburgh-based hospital early Sunday morning.

According to East Liverpool Police Chief Mike McVay, Harris, 82, is still charged with felonious assault.

"The investigation is still ongoing, and there are a few more additional interviews and some other matters we are taking care of," McVay said Tuesday.

The initial report suggests Harris and Cline were living together at his Baum Street apartment and some sort of argument ensued. During the argument, Harris allegedly stabbed Cline in the abdomen.

A video arraignment with Harris still at the county jail was delayed Monday, and Harris was taken to East Liverpool Municipal Court. According to court records, Harris was not able to hear the judge via the video conference because he did not have his hearing aid.

A cash/surety or 10 percent bond was set at $500,000 on the felonious assault charge. Harris was told that the victim died, and charges are pending.

Stacy Alejars was appointed to represent Harris for the preliminary hearing now set for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Two knives were found inside the apartment, and McVay said one was likely the weapon used against Cline.

When officers first arrived at the crime scene, Harris reportedly was sitting at the kitchen table, intoxicated, and a blood-covered knife was next to him. Cline was found on the floor with the second knife beside her.

McVay added that if the felonious assault charge is changed or if any additional charges stem from the investigation, those charges probably would go through the grand jury process. The chief did not say how quickly the matter may go before the grand jury.



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