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Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00 am

Warsaw victim stabbed 63 times, charges say

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

An Illinois man was formally charged Friday with murder, accused of stabbing an Elkhart man 63 times and leaving him near a Warsaw road.

An investigation into the death of David Lamont Strowder Jr., 21, led to Strowder's girlfriend, who told police that Strowder had been living with his sister and a man named Derrick Wandrick, 23, according to an affidavit filed in Kosciusko Circuit Court.

Strowder was found lying face down in the grass on the south side of the 1000 block of West County Road 300 North about 7:45 p.m. Monday. He had multiple stab wounds and was bleeding and unconscious.

A footprint was found in the grass that didn't match Strowder's shoes, the affidavit said.

At the home where Wandrick lived, police found two bloody shirts that belonged to Wandrick, and later, detectives found Wandrick's high-top Nike shoes that bore a similar shoe pattern to the print found at the crime scene, the affidavit said.

Officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department found Wandrick of Harvey, Illinois, on Thursday.

He told police he was in Warsaw in Strowder's silver Jeep Compass that night. Wandrick said he drove the vehicle back to Elkhart. He also had a cut on the palm of his right hand and two cellphones, one belonging to Strowder, that had blood on it, court records said.

There was also blood in the car, which Wandrick had tried to wipe clean with water and bleach, according to witnesses, the affidavit said.

A motive for the slaying was not given. The affidavit did not say what kind of weapon was used to stab Strowder.

jduffy@jg.net