Stabbing Death In North Lubbock County Doesn't Surprise Neighboring Residents - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/14/05

Stabbing Death In North Lubbock County Doesn't Surprise Neighboring Residents

Neighbors are asking for help after a dispute left a man dead in north Lubbock County Wednesday night. Teddy Williams was stabbed at a neighbor's house in the 9600 block of north Boston near New Deal. That's a few miles west of the airport.

It began with some sort of fight or disagreement inside this home around 6:30 Wednesday night. Neighbors were first on the scene and describe what unfolded on their usually quiet street. "I was inside, heard banging on the door; two guys from next door asked me to call an ambulance and said that their friend had been stabbed. I picked up the phone and called and was talking to the dispatcher when they yelled back over that they thought he was dead. So I handed the phone over to one of them and went next door to see what we could do to help. I got over there and saw the guy lying on the ground; he had a knife wound to the chest that went all the way across to his left peck. Shortly after getting there his breathing just quit. He took a couple of last gasps but that was it," described Shawn Hensler, neighbor.

When deputies and Aerocare arrived they took over, performing CPR on 39-year-old Teddy Wayne Williams. Williams who lived four houses down the street was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center.

Deputies took two people from inside the house into custody for questioning. A 24-year-old man was arrested for murder, but was later released. No charges will be filed if any until a grand jury looks at the evidence.

Neighbors say what happened was no surprise and only a matter of time. "They are in and out, the house is well known around the area. It's one of those, that in my opinion, I'm pretty sure it's a drug house. Just the activities going on all times of the day. 'My kids could've been out and if he'd decided to use a gun instead of a knife my kids could've been in the line of fire. It's been a constant problem, we've made phone calls about it and we haven't seen a cop," explained Hensler.

"Is this something that was surprising to you? No not really. Why? They've had problems down there before, in that house and around it so for something like this it's probably something that was waiting to happen," said James Short, neighbor.

Residents in this area say they hope authorities will be more attentive in the future.

NewsChannel 11 checked with the sheriff’s office and they say they do respond to all calls, they just prioritize who the assist first, and they say undercover officers deal with drugs and suspicious activity.

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