Trial date set in stabbing

Published 8:20 am Thursday, December 26, 2019

A date has been set for a man accused of stabbing his stepfather to death in August.

James Franklin Wilson was suspected of the stabbing death of his stepfather, Harold Taylor, 52, on Aug. 21 after the two got into a fight in the middle of Ninth Street near Taylor’s home.

Taylor was found lying in the street bleeding and Wilson fled the scene.

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In September, Wilson was indicted and then arrested on a charge of murder, an unclassified felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

The dates of Feb. 3, 4 and 5 have been set aside for trial in the Lawrence County Common Pleas Court of Judge Christen Finley.

A pre-trial hearing has been set for Jan. 8.

A family member told The Ironton Tribune that Taylor “had problems for years” with his stepson and they had arguments before, including a fight a week before the stabbing when Wilson allegedly “stomped” Taylor in the ribs.

Ironton Police Department Detective Captain Joe Ross said that both sides of the families have reported that the two men had fights over the years.

“There have been several altercations in the past, so this is not a first time thing. Since they were related, this would be considered a domestic issue,” Ross said.

Anyone with information about this case can call Ironton Police Detective Captain Joe Ross at 740-532-5606.