- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2005

RICHMOND (AP) — A retired Army general was stabbed to death in the middle of a street in an upscale neighborhood yesterday, police said.

A teenager suspected of stabbing Maj. Gen. John C. Bard, 76, also wounded himself and his mother, police said.

Courtney Cash Mustin, 58, underwent surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center after being stabbed in the chest. She was in critical but stable condition last night.

Her 18-year-old son suffered multiple cuts and was in guarded condition and under police observation at the hospital. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, citing police sources, identified the teen as John Townsend Mustin.

Neighbors told the newspaper that Gen. Bard, a former commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy and a decorated Vietnam battalion commander, lived nearby and was a friend of Miss Mustin’s.

Police said the attacks began about 7 a.m. in the Mustin home. Sometime before or immediately after Miss Mustin was stabbed, Gen. Bard was attacked with a butcher knife in front of the house, police said. He staggered down the block and collapsed in a front yard across the street.

Police arrived a short time later and took the teenager into custody.

Gen. Bard, a native of Akron, Ohio, enlisted in the Army in 1946 and later was admitted to West Point, graduating second in his class of 633 cadets in 1954. He was named a Rhodes scholar and received degrees from Oxford University in 1960.

Gen. Bard was a brigade commander at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1974 and 1975 and was a senior staff officer for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe from 1975 through 1977. In 1977, he returned to West Point as commandant of cadets, a post from which he retired in 1979.

After retiring, he worked in banking in the District and later was president of the Aluminum Association, a trade group, which he left in 1988. While in the District, he obtained a master’s degree in business from George Washington University.


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