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Carroll County Man Charged With Murder In Father’s Stabbing Death

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Mt. AIRY, Md. (WJZ) – A father is dead in Carroll County at the hands of his own son, according to Maryland State Police, who say the man was found stabbed to death on a neighbor’s porch.

Rochelle Ritchie has the latest on this story.

Neighbors say the 31-year-old son was seen gripping a knife just moments after the murder.

Crime scene tape is not common decoration on Bridlewreath Way, where Maryland State Police say Joseph Pine, 31, left a bloody scene at the Carroll County home he shared with his father after stabbing him to death.

“It appears the son used one or more knives from inside the home to stab his father repeatedly,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.

A 911 call for a disturbance between the father and son next door turned into much more in just a few moments at the home.

“The assault started there, apparently occurred on multiple floors of the residence, and then came outside as the father attempted to escape from his son,” Shipley said.

After being stabbed multiple times, police say Michael Pine ran out of his home bloody and terrified to his neighbor’s house, where he died on the steps.

“That is a shock,” a neighbor said.

Joseph Pine is now facing charges of first- and second-degree murder. He has been released from Carroll Hospital Center, where he received medical and psychological evaluations.

“I think they knew the son had some problems and apparently they had been arguing, and that’s all it took,” said Lila Batdorff, neighbor.

Police say Joseph Pine did not put up a fight when he was taken into custody. In fact, he was standing outside of the home when he was arrested.

Joseph Pine could face additional charges. There is no word on the motive.

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