MT. AIRY, Md. - Blood smeared on the front door of the upscale home in Mount Airy is evidence of 63-year old Michael Pine's final seconds of his life, as he tried in vain to escape from a son determined to take his life.
"(It’s) pretty horrible,” said Leslie Wendler, who lives three doors down off Bridalwreath Way, “I'm just thankful my kids were not outside. We usually walk our dog up there almost every day."
And on this day, Labor Day, witnesses told police they saw 31-year old Joseph Pine with a knife in each hand chasing down his father as he tried to reach the home of his next door neighbor.
One of them called 911, and minutes later another call followed---this time from the victim's home where a white male stated---quote---"I just killed my dad."
"When he arrived, there was a man later identified as the suspect standing on the porch who immediately surrendered to the trooper," said Greg Shipley of the Maryland State Police.
Police say Joseph's mother died several years ago, and he and his father lived alone together in the home.
According to charging documents, before dialing 911, the suspect sent a text message to his former girlfriend in which he stated "Well I did what I said I would do. Killed dad. But now I think I'll kill myself."
Police discovered the blade from a large kitchen knife in the neighbor's yard along with a wireless phone and a cell phone.
They also obtained a warrant to search the victim's home.
"The search resulted in the recovery of numerous pieces of evidence, but several knives that may have been used in the stabbing assault of the victim,” said Shipley, “Those have all been forwarded to the State Police Forensic Sciences Lab for examination."
Paramedics transported Joseph Pine to the Carroll Hospital Center for both a physical and mental evaluation before moving him to the detention center.
He's being held with no bond tonight on first and second degree murder charges.
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