- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

TOWSON, Md. (AP) | The man charged in the recent fatal stabbing of a woman at a Maryland liquor store was subdued the next day by Pittsburgh-area police who found him naked outside a mission, authorities said Wednesday.

Von Lacock, a police officer in Washington, Pa., said he found David Briggs, 23, preaching unclothed Sunday night before the altar of the Washington City Mission.

“He was completely naked,” Officer Lacock said. “He was just standing there reading and preaching. He wouldn’t stop talking. He was standing up there like he was giving a sermon.”

Police used a stun gun to subdue Mr. Briggs, who is 6-foot-4 and weights about 300 pounds, then took him to a hospital.

“We warned him several times to get on the ground, but he just wouldn’t listen,” Officer Lacock said.

Mr. Briggs had been taken to the mission by state troopers who said they found him sitting by an Interstate 70 exit. They said Mr. Briggs told them he was waiting for his father to come from Baltimore to get him.

On Monday, the Baltimore County Police Department identified Mr. Briggs as the suspect in the slaying of Aysha Ring, 24, said agency spokesman Cpl. Mike Hill.

Miss Ring was waiting in line at a liquor store Saturday in Catonsville when she was stabbed in the neck from behind, police said. She died later at a hospital.

Mr. Briggs was arrested at his home Monday and charged with first-degree murder.

Security camera footage and evidence recovered from Mr. Briggs’ home link him to the killing, police said.

The slaying appeared to be random, Cpl. Hill said.

Mr. Briggs is expected to plead not criminally responsible and not competent to stand trial, said Arthur M. Frank, a lawyer who has represented Mr. Briggs in the past and will represent him in the preliminary stages of this case. Mr. Briggs waived a bail hearing scheduled for Wednesday, he said.

Mr. Briggs’ father, Carlton Briggs, told the Baltimore Sun that his son “obviously” has “some mental problems.”

“I just found out what happened. I’m heartbroken,” the elder Mr. Briggs said.



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