WPD: Man charged with murder in stabbing

Fatal stabbing case

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A man is accused of fatally stabbing another man Monday night in Wilmington.

Anthony Whitsett
Anthony Whitsett (Source: WPD)

Anthony Whitsett, 53, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Steven Mann, 33.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to 5224 Market Street just before 11 p.m. in reference to a stabbing.

“When they arrived they found Mann with multiple stab wounds,” the WPD stated in a news release. “Witnesses at the scene also gave a description of the suspect. A short time later, Whitsett was located on Lennon Dr. by a detective and was detained.”

Mann was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he died a short time later.

During Whitsett’s court appearance Tuesday, prosecutors said that Mann had been stabbed at least five or six times and that Whitsett was found covered in blood nearby. A knife also reportedly was found in his possession.

The prosecutor said, “The defendant also made incriminating statements to the effect of, ‘I didn’t have a choice,' ‘I had to do it,' vis-à-vis admitting to the homicide.”

Whitsett asked for court-appointed counsel and the judge said she would appoint him one from the capitol defender’s office.

Whistett will be held without bond. His next court date is July 9.

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