Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 15, 2013

Brother fighting brother lands one in hospital, other in jail

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

KEYSTONE — A brother-against-brother fight on Main Street in Keystone Saturday night sent one man to a Charleston hospital and landed the other behind bars charged with attempted murder.

Antonio Ware, 44, of Princeton, allegedly stabbed his brother, Kevin Ware, 42, of Keystone, during an altercation on Main Street in front of the former Heilig-Meyers store in Keystone, according to Trooper J.R. Coburn of the Welch Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

“The one brother stabbed the other brother in the upper spine between his shoulders,” Coburn said. “After the stabbing, the other brother (Antonio Ware) fled the scene. As he was trying to leave, he tripped and cut himself with the knife,” Coburn said. “The victim was air-lifted from Keystone and flown to a hospital in Charleston. Antonio Ware was treated for his injury at Welch Community Hospital and released to the McDowell County jail.”

Coburn said that the suspect told him that he hadn’t seen his brother Saturday night, but several witnesses contradicted the suspect’s statement. “The witnesses told me that the brothers had a lengthy history of violence,” Coburn said. “When I caught the suspect, he had the bloody knife in his pocket.”

Coburn said that Antonio Ware was arraigned Sunday morning on attempted murder, malicious wounding and domestic assault and battery. “The magistrate set his bond at $50,000.” Coburn said. The incident occurred at about 9 p.m.

Coburn did not know the condition of the victim on Sunday afternoon.

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