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<&first>Hagerstown police believe a city man stabbed his friend to death this week because the two were involved in a sexual relationship with the same woman.

<&first>Brandon Alexander Lewis, 29, of 625 George St., is charged with first-degree murder and multiple other counts in connection with Thursday’s slaying of his 23-year-old roommate Justin Darnell Green.

<&first>Lewis was arrested a short time after the incident and taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

<&first>During a hearing Friday in Washington County District Court, Deputy State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion asked retired Judge W. Milnor Roberts to consider the seriousness of the charges.

<&first>“From a public safety standpoint, it doesn’t get much worse than this,” she said.

<&first>Roberts then ordered Lewis to continue to be held without bond.

<&first>Hagerstown police wrote in court documents that Green and Lewis recently met an 18-year-old woman and developed a sexual relationship with her.

<&first>Police said the woman had sex with Lewis on Dec. 23 and again on Christmas Day at his George Street home in the city’s West End.

<&first>The events leading up to Thursday’s stabbing started the day before, when the three were at the George Street residence and Lewis began drinking and became angry.

<&first>Police said Green and the woman went outside to smoke a cigarette and began to flirt. The two left at about 9 p.m. after Lewis fell asleep.

<&first>The woman told detectives that she drove Green to the area of Pangborn Park, where they had sex and later went to a relative’s house to dance and listen to music.

<&first>When they returned to 625 George St. shortly before 2 a.m., the woman parked her vehicle to the rear of the home and watched Green go to the back door.

<&first>The woman said Green couldn’t get inside, so he went around to the front of the residence.

<&first>She told police that she walked to the back door and casually knocked because Green didn’t return to her vehicle.

<&first>The documents show Lewis answered the door and told the woman that Green had been stabbed.

<&first>The woman said she walked through the residence to the front door, where Green was found lying on the sidewalk, suffering from multiple stab wounds.

<&first>Lewis was slapping Green’s face to wake him up, the woman told police. She said she had blood on her hands from touching his chest. Lewis eventually called 911, and an ambulance arrived.

<&first>Police said Green was taken to Meritus Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m.

<&first>The documents show Lewis initially told detectives that he found Green lying on the sidewalk when he went outside to dispose of a soiled diaper.

<&first>But after talking to a neighbor, police determined Green and Lewis began to argue at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

<&first>The neighbor said Lewis asked, “Is this what you want?” The door then slammed, the neighbor said, and Green was heard saying, “You snuck me, you snuck me.”

<&first>The neighbor said Lewis also was heard apologizing to Green.

<&first>When police interviewed Lewis a second time, he allegedly confessed to grabbing a knife from the kitchen and stabbing Green during their argument.

<&first>Police said Lewis was allowed to call his mother and told her that he stabbed Green while the two were drunk.

<&first>Lewis and his mother then prayed together over the phone.

<&first>In addition to first-degree murder, Lewis is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and possessing a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, according to charging documents.

<&first>A conviction on the most serious of the charges, first-degree murder, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

<&first>Lewis’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23 in District Court.