WILKES-BARRE —“The (racial slur) stabbed me.”
That’s what Yolonda Scott, 33, of Wilkes-Barre said Charles Edmonds told her after he allegedly was stabbed by Al-Tariq Peterkin in April. Edmonds was Scott’s boyfriend at the time of the incident.
District Judge Rick Cronauer ruled at Friday’s preliminary hearing that Peterkin, 31, will face trial in Luzerne County Court.
Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified Edmonds, 27, who died from apparent stab wounds he suffered during a fight inside an apartment building on South Hancock Street on the night of April 7. Edmonds died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Scott testified that she returned to her apartment at about 8 that night, and that Peterkin and Edmonds were hanging out in an apartment below hers. The pair eventually went upstairs, where she testified that they began to argue after Edmonds told Peterkin to leave the apartment.
According to a search warrant affidavit, witnesses told police Edmonds, known as “Vic,” and Peterkin, known as “Rique,” were involved in an argument and a tussle in a second floor apartment. Peterkin resided with two women in a first floor apartment.
Scott said that Peterkin eventually left, and told Edmonds to “come downstairs.” Scott said she and her brothers told him not to go, but Edmonds went downstairs. Edmonds came back upstairs, where Scott said he said he was stabbed before falling down the stairs.
Police responded to 330 S. Hancock St. just after 10 p.m. for a fight that involved a stabbing. Edmonds was found on the first floor at the bottom of stairs leading to the second floor.
Police attempted to make contact with people in the first floor apartment. Voices were heard behind the closed door but no one opened the door, the affidavit says. Officers that were at the scene testified that they could see shadows within the apartment moving back and forth.
Police obtained a search warrant three hours later to enter the first floor apartment where Peterkin was detained and eventually charged with criminal homicide. Police officers that were on the scene testified that a knife was found in a hole in the wall inside the apartment.
Peterkin and his attorneys, William Watt and Maureen Collins, declined to comment after the hearing.