Man tells jury about stabbing
WARREN – A case of domestic violence played out in court Monday as a 26-year-old former standout wide receiver for Warren G. Harding High School, who played semi-pro arena football, described how his 27-year-old sister stabbed him in the chest last summer as the two argued in a house they shared.
Now it will be up to Kristina Burgess to testify later today about the episode and try to convince Judge Andrew Logan to instruct the jury to consider self-defense in the case.
A petite Burgess, who remains free on bond, cried Monday as she watched her 6-foot, 5-inch, 220-pound brother, Patrick White Jr., strip down to his bare chest so the jury of eight men and four women could see the seven-inch scar on the right side of his chest.
White, who played football at two colleges including Youngstown State, after playing football, basketball and track at Harding, said he also played arena football for a time in Lincoln , Neb.
He and assistant county prosecutor Charles Morrow detailed how White spent two weeks in Trumbull Memorial Hospital with a punctured lung, lacerated liver and a fractured rib after he said Burgess stabbed him with a kitchen knife after an argument at their Glenwood Street N.E. home.
White said he came home from his girlfriend’s house July 8 and was upset that someone moved his leather jacket. He went upstairs in the two-story home to confront his sister about the missing jacket.
”She’s always messin’ with my stuff,” he told the jury.
White said he was laughing most of the time the two argued and ”pushed each other around” in the kitchen before he was stabbed.
But Arthur Parkman, the father of one of Burgess’ children, was also at the home and said that White threw his sister on a dining room chair, breaking the chair, allowing White to pick up a chair leg and start swinging it around.
Parkman also said White tried to take a swing at his sister, when Parkman said he tried to break up the melee.
It wasn’t until Burgess punctured at least two of the tires on White’s SUV that Parkman said White started beating his sister with a half-full container of Prestone anti-freeze, prompting her to defend herself with the knife.
Burgess faces between two and eight years in prison if convicted of the charge of felonious assault.
Her attorney David Rouzzo said Burgess has to take the witness stand this afternoon to explain what happened.