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Man arrested in Raleigh stabbing death

Posted December 15, 2013

— William Spencer McCowan, 32, was arrested Sunday morning in connection to a stabbing at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Blount Street.

McCowan, of 211 Bledsoe Ave., was charged with murder and and will appear in court Monday, according to the Raleigh Police Department.

Early Saturday morning, Steven Bradley Dockery, 38, was found injured in the street. He was transported to WakeMed, where he later died.

Family members said Dockery was only a few blocks away from home when the stabbing occurred.

"The family is in mourning right now, and we just want to find out some answers," Emma Leach, Dockery's aunt, said.

Police won't say if McCowan, who has a criminal history and has served time in jail, and Dockery knew one another, but a spokesman said the crime was not a random act.


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  • ginufine3011 Dec 16, 2013

    Is Raleigh and Durham competing to see who gets the most murders, by the end of the year?

  • readme Dec 16, 2013

    Knives should only be used for cooking, and as such you should be banned from carrying them outside the home. You don't need them for defense. Call 911 if someone assaults you.

  • Euro American Dec 16, 2013

    A search of "stabbings" or wral.com in the last 12 months shows almost 100 reported. There seems to be a "sharply" growing trend relative to gun violence. Where are the knife control proponents? I'll keep my guns, they will surely work well if someone wants to stab me.

  • Billy the Kid Dec 16, 2013

    Knife control legislation now!

  • Billy the Kid Dec 16, 2013

    I thought guns were the problem. Now it's knives?