Stabbing defendant says was self defense

ROANOKE COUNTY – “There was blood going everywhere.”

That was part of the tearful testimony today by the girlfriend of a Roanoke County man who is on trial for stabbing his neighbor in the chest after the two men had been drinking heavily all day.

As the second-degree murder trial moved through its third day, the defense for David Michael Bomber tried to convince a jury that Bomber’s stabbing Larry Michael Worrell II with a steak knife was self defense.

Bomber, 38, is charged in the death of Worrell, a former Marine from Goodview. He is also charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

On the first day of his trial on Monday, he pleaded guilty to charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his girlfriend’s car in the parking lot of Cinnamon Ridge Apartments where they lived off Starkey Road.

He was also charged with misdemeanors of assault and battery of three other residents.

Worrell died seven months after Bomber stabbed him inside the apartment where the he and his pregnant girlfriend, Velvie Proffitt, lived near Cave Spring.

The stabbing took place June 5, 2010. Although stabbed in the heart and part of a lung, Worrell survived emergency surgery. According to testimony, he had a heart attack two weeks later and was in a vegetative state until he died in January 2011.

Much of this morning’s trial was taken up with testimony by a Roanoke County detective who showed the jury photographs of blood stains in reference to where they were in the apartment, followed by an eye-witness account by Bomber’s girlfriend.

Proffitt, who is 21, admitted on the witness stand she at first lied about how Worrell got hurt. She initially told rescue squad and Roanoke County Police officers Worrell stabbed himself, trying to commit suicide.

Through tears, his girlfriend testified she and Bomber pressed Worrell’s shirt and towels against his wound, then she gave Bomber her car keys and told him to leave while she called 9-1-1.

“David was crying an apologizing” to Worrell, she said.

During Wednesday’s testimony by his girlfriend and Roanoke County Police Detective Dan Walters, Bomber sat at the defense table looking down.

He was expected to take the stand in his own defense later today.

Bomber’s attorney Wayne Inge emphasized to the jury the differences in size of Bomber, who is 5-foot-7-inches tall and weighs 118 pounds, and Worrell, who was 6-foot-2 and weighed 110 pounds.

Roanoke County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Holohan prosecuted the case.

An eight-woman, six-man jury panel heard the evidence and testimony, as well as Judge R. “Pat” Doherty Jr.

Two of the jurors will be excused before the 12 members of the jury are sent to the jury room to decide the case. Doherty explained to the jury panel the extra jurors would not know they are alternates until the case goes to the jury.

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