New Haven man dies from stab wounds

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David Jerome Willett charged

By Franklin Johnson

David Jerome Willett is accused of fatally wounding Eric Douglas Stallard, 39, New Haven, Thursday evening after a quarrel between the two men escalated into violence.

The search that began Friday evening when an arrest warrant was issued for Willett ended Monday in the office of attorney Steven Mirkin. According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, Willett has retained Mirkin to represent him in court. He is in the process of being transported back to Nelson County by Kentucky State Police.

The alleged stabbing took place shortly before 8 p.m. in a unit at Rolling Ridge Apartments in New Haven. After receiving a 911 call from a neighbor at about 7:50 p.m., law enforcement and Nelson County EMS rushed to the apartment and took Stallard by ambulance to the Nelson County Fairgrounds, where he was transferred onto the helicopter to be taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Stallard was in the air en route to the hospital when he died, according to a press release from the Nelson County Coroner's Office. The helicopter was then diverted to Flaget Memorial Hospital, where medical staff attempted to revive Stallard. He was pronounced dead by the coroner at 10 p.m.

Nelson County Sheriff's Department Detective Jon Snow is investigating the incident and said the deadly fight stemmed from a disagreement between Willett and Stallard concerning who Stallard was dating. Snow described the weapon used to inflict the fatal wound as a 7-inch lockblade.

According to Nelson County Jail records, Willett was released from the facility July 1 after serving time for probation violation. Records from the Nelson Circuit Clerk's office show Willett was convicted in 2001 for complicity to second-degree robbery and complicity to first-degree wanton endangerment.

Willett remained in prison for the crime until April 2003, when he was released on probation. During the next several years, Willett was in and out of jail several times for violating the terms of his probation, most recently in 2008 when he was arrested for driving under the influence.