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Sleeping Man Attacked, Dies; Assailant Charged

Posted June 14, 2007
Updated June 15, 2007

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— A local man was charged Thursday with murder in connection with the death of a man who was attacked early Wednesday as he slept on his living room sofa, authorities said.

Edwin Xavier Black, 41, of 508 Bramblegate Road in Hope Mills, and another man were sleeping in the living room of the second man's home in Tanglewood Estates when someone knocked on the door at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. The other man answered the door, and an assailant came in and started beating Black with an unidentified object, the witness told police.

The witness ran for help as Black and the assailant struggled, and when the man returned, he found Black injured and sitting on the front porch, authorities said. As the man tried to get Black to a nearby hospital for treatment, Black collapsed on the steps of the Nashville Drive home and died, authorities said.

The cause of Black's death hasn't yet been determined.

Walter Derrell "Rabbit" Patterson, 36, of 504 Cabot Drive in Hope Mills, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with second-degree murder in case, authorities said.

Patterson is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $101,000 secured bond.


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  • Professor Studley Jun 16, 2007

    "Somebody knocks on my door at 4:30 in the morning, Smith & Wesson will be answering the door until I hear a very good reason why the person is there." -ncteach

    Tyler Perry's Madea charcter comes to mind... lol :-p

  • richard2 Jun 16, 2007

    This was an incomplete story. It has more questions than facts.

  • 1Moms_View Jun 16, 2007

    Somebody knocks on my door at 4:30 in the morning, Smith & Wesson will be answering the door until I hear a very good reason why the person is there.

  • O-Get-A-Grip Jun 15, 2007

    Amen to that mike honcho.

    Got that right!

    Who in their right mind answers a door @ 4:30 in the morning unless you are expecting someone? Usually only shady folks come around in the middle of the night. He must have really ticked someone off!

  • banmewral Jun 15, 2007

    i concur, does sound a little fruity

  • carolinagirl2007 Jun 15, 2007

    Sounds like he caught his boyfriend cheating

  • mike honcho Jun 14, 2007

    you knock on my door at 4:30 in the morning. it better be to tell me my house is on fire. (or your lookin' down the business end of a smokewagon)

  • mythoughts Jun 14, 2007

    Sounds suspicious. Didn't they have a phone? How far did the other guy go for help? I hope they investigate if there was a connection between the killer and the one who went for help.

  • ljcs357 Jun 14, 2007

    i think the other guy set him up

  • jimmycrackcorn Jun 14, 2007

    Hopeless Mills