Stabbing victim takes stand on second day
Testimony: Defendant was trying to kill
Steamboat Springs — The victim of a stabbing attack last fall testified in Routt County District Court Wednesday that the man who stuck him with a filet knife was trying to kill him.
Brian Lithgow said Ed Moore stabbed him once in the back and said, “You’re dead now, motherf—–. There’s your kidney.” Lithgow said Moore stabbed him a second time in the back a few seconds later and said, “There’s your other one. It should take you about five seconds to bleed to death.”
Lithgow said he felt heat through his whole body and excruciating pain.
“I laid there to die. I knew I was dying,” he testified in the second day of Moore’s attempted murder trial. He said no one offered him assistance, although Moore did call 911 to report the stabbing.
Lithgow was found by police officers outside Toni Bufkin’s house in Copper Mountain Estates around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 26. Lithgow said the attack happened outside the home, but Moore told police that Lithgow kicked in the front door, looking for his ex-girlfriend, Sabina Gilbert.
Police Detective Bob DelValle testified that when he arrived at the crime scene, the living room appeared neat and orderly. He said the front door had been damaged, but not recently.
On the morning of Sept. 26, police collected several items of physical evidence, including a bloody doorknob from the front door and two pens and some toothpicks found in the gravel driveway. Three Levi’s buttons and pieces of candy were found on the brick pavers between the driveway and the door. Police also took a photograph of a drop of blood on Lithgow’s vehicle.
Lithgow said he carried pens and toothpicks, and DelValle said the items were significant pieces of evidence because they indicate a scuffle occurred where they were found.
Lithgow, who was arrested for assaults in 1995 and 1996, admitted to being severely intoxicated the day he was stabbed. Tested at Routt Memorial Hospital, his blood-alcohol was .318, three times the legal limit. In Colorado, a person is considered under the influence of alcohol with a .1 blood-alcohol level.
Lithgow also admitted to using cocaine that day with Gilbert, Bufkin and Josh Carter. Carter is a friend of Bufkin’s, but not her boyfriend, as was stated in court Tuesday and reported in Wednesday’s Steamboat Today.
Gilbert and Carter both denied using cocaine that day or seeing anyone else use it. Bufkin didn’t take the stand Wednesday, but she is expected to testify in the trial.
Carter testified that Lithgow shoved and hit him several times that day. He also said Lithgow had been a “pest” and had threatened Moore’s life because he thought Moore was stealing Gilbert away from him.
Shortly before the stabbing, Lithgow said someone hit him while his head was down.
“I swung back and realized I had hit Toni,” Lithgow said.
Carter testified that Moore told him immediately after the stabbing that he had messed up and was going to jail.
“He said he lost his mind when he saw Toni’s face all bloody,” Carter said.
Moore’s attorney, Ron Smith, said his client was protecting the people in the home, including Bufkin’s and Gilbert’s 10-year-old daughters.
Moore, Gilbert, Bufkin and Carter returned to the home around 9 p.m. to find the two young girls gone and what Smith said was a footprint on the front door.
“They assumed Brian Lithgow had broken the door because of his angry, erratic behavior,” Smith said. “Their perception of what happened was that Brian had scared the girls.”
The girls testified Wednesday that they didn’t see Lithgow kick in the door. They both said Lithgow appeared drunk, but they said they weren’t scared of him.
The girls left a note explaining a friend of the family had picked them up because neither of their mothers were there.
The prosecution is expected to call more witnesses today and the trial could last until Monday.
— To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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