EASTON — The man charged with this summer’s fatal stabbing at the Easton YMCA is scheduled to face trial in a Talbot County Circuit Court in early December.
Andre Lamont Price Jefferson, 31, of Easton, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the Thursday, June 6, homicide of John Joseph Cassidy, 72, of Easton.
Court-issued subpoenas indicate that witnesses to the incident, as well as Talbot County 911 dispatchers, are expected to testify during the trial. The judge also granted a request filed by Jefferson’s attorney that Jefferson’s grandfather be present while the defense questions him.
Jefferson is expected to enter a plea and receive sentencing during the plea hearing, scheduled to begin on Dec. 11 and end no later than Dec. 12, unless otherwise requested, court documents confirmed.
Easton Police officers were called to the Easton Family YMCA on Peachblossom Road for a reported assault on June 6. When they arrived just before 8 a.m., they located Jefferson on the lobby floor and found Cassidy on the floor of the men’s locker room, suffering from apparent stab wounds, according to police reports.
“(Jefferson) did not have any obvious signs of trauma or injury, but he appeared in distress and at times incoherent,” said Easton Police Capt. Greg Wright.
Jefferson had blood on his clothes and officers recovered a knife with what appeared to be blood on it from his pants pocket, according to charging papers.
Both men were taken to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, where Cassidy died of his injuries, police said.
The motive for the stabbing remains unclear, but Deputy State’s Attorney Ellen Grunden said during a bail hearing for Jefferson, Cassidy was a “random victim” of a “brutal, unprovoked, vicious homicide.”
An attorney for Jefferson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in district court. Jefferson also waived his right to a jury trial, calling it “unnecessary,” according to court testimony.
Jefferson has been held without bail at Talbot County Detention Center since his arrest immediately following the incident.
The defendant also faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery, reckless endangerment, wearing and carrying a concealed weapon, and attempted theft under $100, according to court documents.