HANOVER TWP. — A man charged with fatally stabbing a romantic rival he found at home with his fiancee in March will face an open count of criminal homicide in Luzerne County Court.
James Andrew Carter, 30, formerly of 702 Mark Drive, Hanover Township, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph Halesey last Thursday, sending the criminal homicide charge to county court.
Township police allege Carter stabbed Joseph “Joey” Lewis, 18, inside his apartment in the Marion Terrace complex on March 21.
An autopsy revealed Lewis died from multiple traumatic stab wounds, according to the county coroner’s office.
Coroner William Lisman listed the manner of death a homicide.
Police found Lewis on the ground near a dumpster on Mark Drive, about 40 yards from the apartment Carter shared with his fiancee, Jennie Lloyd.
According to court records, Carter arrived at his apartment and encountered a locked door. After banging on the door, Lloyd opened it and Carter spotted Lewis sleeping on a couch.
Carter grabbed a knife in the kitchen and charged at Lewis stabbing him in the torso.
Lewis jumped up and struggled with Carter in the apartment before running outside. Carter chased Lewis but stopped near the front door.
Carter claimed he walked down the sidewalk and found Lewis lying on the ground near a dumpster.
Carter told investigators he heard Lewis breathing heavily and walked back to his apartment, noticing police approaching him.
Court records allege Carter sat on a concrete step in front of the apartment as police discovered Lewis’ body.
Carter allegedly blurted out, “I hope he doesn’t make it.”
After he was arrested, Carter allegedly told investigators he caught Lewis and Lloyd in bed with their pants down about a month before the fatal stabbing.
Carter remains jailed at the county correctional facility without bail.