Police: Man wanted to kill girlfriend

February 15, 2013
James Matthew Eaton Baldwin

A Nemacolin man was jailed Friday after assaulting his girlfriend, Felicia Crystal Walters, 26, and then telling police he was trying to kill her.

Police arrested James Matthew Eaton Baldwin, 32, of 110 Bliss Ave., and charged him with a felony count of aggravated assault, which carries up to a 10-year prison sentence if convicted. Baldwin also was charged with terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Cumberland Township police officer Bryan Smith located Baldwin walking along Stage Coach Road and Baldwin allegedly told Smith that he knew it was wrong but he needed to kill Walters so she would not hurt him or the kids anymore.

According to the criminal complaint, Baldwin then told Smith he had gotten on top of Walters while she was sleeping and used a knife to cut her throat. Smith said Baldwin then asked him if Walters was still alive.

According to the complaint, Baldwin told Smith his only regret was “killing the kids.” Baldwin clarified that he did not physically harm the children but he had killed them emotionally and told Smith they would never be the same.

Smith said he found Walters at the Bliss Avenue address with blood on her neck and chest area and a puncture type wound to her neck. According to the complaint, Walters told Smith that Baldwin had climbed on top of her with the knife and said he was going to kill her. She said she pleaded with him not to, but he cut her on the right side of her neck, got off of her and left the residence.

An 8-inch serrated knife allegedly used by Baldwin to cut Walters was found on the kitchen counter of the home and taken into evidence, according to Smith. Walters told him she had placed the knife there after Baldwin left. Walters was taken to Southwest Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Baldwin was arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday by Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson. Bail was set at $100,000 straight cash and Baldwin remains in custody at the Greene County jail. His preliminary hearing before Watson is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 25.



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