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The victim of a violent assault in Hagerstown last month has died, Hagerstown police said Monday.
Carter Walker Hester, 32, of 24 1/2 W. Franklin St., died Friday at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, said Officer Heather Aleshire, the police department’s spokeswoman.
Hester’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, Aleshire said.
Clayton Lane Pendergrast, 27, was charged with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly beating and kicking Hester inside an apartment in the 200 block of North Locust Street on Jan. 25.
Aleshire said this is now a homicide case and the charges will be amended once the autopsy results are available.
Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael said in court on Jan. 28 that Hester wasn’t showing any brain activity at the time and it might be “only a matter of time until this matures into a murder case.”
“I was protecting myself. … I don’t know what else to say,” Pendergrast said during at a Jan. 28 bond hearing hearing over closed circuit television from the detention center. He had a bandage on the left side of his face.
Pendergrast was being held without bond on Monday at the Washington County Detention Center.
Pendergrast also was charged with first-degree assault on Hester and second-degree assault of a witness, Linda Knapp, inside her apartment, where the incident occurred.
The charging document showed a West North Avenue address for Pendergrast, but Michael told the judge that his identification shows he is from Baltimore.
Hagerstown police were called to the North Locust Street apartment house at 8:33 p.m. on Jan. 25 for a disturbance.
They found Hester lying face down, half-naked and covered with blood, in the entryway of the building, the charging document said. Inside Knapp’s apartment, officers saw a large pool of blood at the foot of a bed and blood spatter on the walls.
A person in another apartment told police about hearing two men and Knapp arguing in Knapp’s apartment, the document said. The witness heard one man say, “Give me my money.”
The witness also heard a man yell, “I’ll come back and shoot your family,” though it was unclear in the document whether it was the voice of the same man or a second man.
Another witness told police he saw Pendergrast yelling about being owed money and Hester on the floor when he looked through the open apartment door, the document said. That witness also picked Pendergrast from a photo array.
Knapp told police she awoke to see a man she knew as Showtime kicking the head of a man she knew as Ice T, the document said. Showtime then pulled her out of bed, punching her on the side of the face and kicking her in the ribs, the document said.
Knapp told police Pendergrast was upset over $25 a woman named Heather owed him for marijuana supposedly taken by Hester, the document said. He also was angered that Knapp was seeing Hester, she told police.
Pendergrast was found at 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 26 in the 300 block of Jonathan Street and was arrested. Police saw an injury on his face and cuts to his hands. Pendergrast’s shoes were covered with “a large amount” of what appeared to be blood, the document said.