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Two Charged With Murder In Stabbing Death

February 3rd, 2016 by WCBC Radio

On Wednesday, 02/03/2016, Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) arrested 32 year old Jason Paul Wilt, of Keyser, and 27 year old Erika Rene Dersin, of Ridgeley, in connection with the murder of 25 year old Rhyshon Monte Smith, of Baltimore.

On Wednesday, 01/27/2016, at 6:18 PM, the Allegany County Dispatch Center received a hang up telephone call. A call back to the number that the hang up call was received from was answered by a male subject who stated that he was in the vicinity of the Dairy Queen on Industrial Boulevard, that he had been stabbed, and that he was bleeding. Officers from the Cumberland Police and Deputies with the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area to attempt to locate the victim. The responding Officers did not locate anyone in that area, but continued on east on Industrial Boulevard onto Route 51.

At the same time two passing motorists observed the victim along the roadway, just outside of the city limits, near the intersection of Route 51 and Uhl Highway and stopped to lend assistance. As they were calling 911, Officers and Deputies arrived on the scene.

The victim was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Emergency room personnel continued treating the victim, who never regained consciousness, and who was eventually pronounced dead.

The victim, whose identity was not known initially, was tentatively identified by Investigators as Smith. That identification was confirmed by fingerprints during the victim’s autopsy at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore. The autopsy revealed that the victim, who had several smaller cuts and abrasions, died as a result of a stab wound to the upper left chest.

C3I Investigators began reviewing numerous items of potential evidence, including cell phone records, surveillance video, and other forensic evidence. Wilt was developed as a suspect after Investigators determined that he was the last person who was with him before the victim was found injured along the roadway.

As a result, Investigators were able to obtain several search warrants and have recovered numerous items of evidence linking Wilt and Dersin to the crime.

That evidence led to Investigators charging Wilt and Dersin with Murder, Armed Robbery, Robbery, 1st Degree Assault, and 2nd Degree Assault. Wilt and Dersin were taken before a District Court Commissioner for an initial appearance and are currently being held at the Allegany County Detention Center, without bond, pending their next court appearance.

The investigation is continuing by C3I.

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