- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy testifying in the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend in bed last year said he saw the defendant running down the stairs of their central Pennsylvania home and heard his mother crying and screaming.

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Lookingbill is charged in York County in the January 2013 slaying of 37-year-old Nakia Williams.

The child testified Monday that he saw “Josh” descending the stairs and then saw “blood everywhere.” The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles who are considered witnesses to a crime.

Lookingbill is charged with first- and second-degree murder and related offenses. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Russell said he broke into the home “under the cover of darkness,” crept into the bedroom and stabbed Williams repeatedly, leaving the sheets slashed and the mattress soaked in blood.

Olga Cuadra, who has three daughters with Lookingbill, testified that she slept through the stabbing but awoke when Williams bolted up in bed, told her to call the police and an ambulance, and then fell back. The day before, she said, Lookingbill had come to her home and was angry when she wouldn’t let him in.

“He was banging on the door (of the second-floor balcony for) at least 10 or 15 minutes,” she said.

On cross-examination by chief public defender Bruce Blocher, she said she had previously told Lookingbill that Williams had hit her a few times but also testified that Lookingbill had threatened Williams before.

Lookingbill originally sought to represent himself and was granted that right, but he decided after jury selection that he wanted Blocher as his attorney.

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