December 21, 2014

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Woman charged in stabbing death

Anna Carter

Anna Carter

Updated 2:29p.m.

LORAIN – Jerome Phillips Jr. died as a result of a single stab wound to the upper left area of his chest, said Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans.

Phillips was pronounced dead at 3:02 a.m. at MercyRegionalMedicalCenter.

His girlfriend, Anna Carter, was arrested in the apartment they shared.

The Lorain County Coroner’s office is completing an autopsy this afternoon.

 

 

LORAIN — Jerome Phillips Jr. was outside his apartment with his ear to the door around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, neighbor Vincent Mason said.

“He turned around, looked at me and said, ‘Shh,’ ” Mason said. “I thought, damn, this dude’s got problems so I just went in the house.”

Mason said Phillips appeared to be spying on Phillips’ girlfriend, Anna Carter, who was inside the apartment. Carter was accused of fatally stabbing Phillips several hours later.

Carter faces murder and felonious assault charges in relation to the stabbing. Carter was being held without bond in the Lorain County Jail on Sunday and is due in municipal court today.

Phillips, 40, had an extensive criminal history including convictions for aggravated burglary, cocaine possession, domestic violence and stalking.

Carter, 30, has no convictions for violent crimes in Lorain Municipal Court or Lorain Common Pleas Court. A felonious assault charge in 2010 was dismissed.

Mason and other neighbors at Carter and Phillips’ apartment complex at 5520 Beavercrest Drive said screaming could be heard inside their apartment. Carter was heard screaming in the apartment before paramedics responded around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, neighbors said. Mason’s son, Ranique Mason, said he heard Carter repeatedly screaming “No!” and calling Phillips first name. “To me, it sounded like she was trying to revive him,” Ranique Mason said.

She emerged from the apartment before paramedics arrived with blood on her pant leg, said neighbor Josh Hoskins. He said Carter was distraught and repeatedly said, “I don’t know what to do.”

Police said they responded to Mercy Regional Medical Center around 2:35 a.m. — the apartment complex is behind the hospital — about a stabbing victim being treated there. Officers determined Carter stabbed Phillips inside the apartment, according to a news release from police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins.

Police said they responded twice to the apartment this year before the stabbing. Officers were called on May 12 and June 30 for menacing complaints.

Vincent Mason said Carter and Phillips moved into the apartment in November. Mason said he had heard Phillips once remark that he was a patient at the Nord Center. Mason said Phillips sometimes carried an iron pipe around the complex and nunchucks in his back pocket.

A neighbor described Carter as quiet. Kerry Mason, Vincent Mason’s wife, said Carter was a health care worker who walked with her head down in and out of the apartment per instructions of Phillips.
“He said, ‘That’s what she’s supposed to do and that’s how I taught her,’ ” Kerry Mason said. “That’s how he talks. That’s his demeanor.”

Kerry Carter said Phillips would sometimes arrive home and ask if another man had been in his apartment when he was away.

“We’d just look at him like he was crazy,” she said. “Then he’ll go in and the next thing you know, you can hear the commotion of her hollering stop. It’s just sad.”

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.