On August 31,2008, at 10:43 am, the Havre de Grace Police Department received a report from the Department of Emergency Operations that a female subject called and was reporting that a stabbing had just taken place in the 400 Block of South Juniata Street.
Upon the arrival of police, a male subject was found with a knife wound to his chest. The Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps transported the injured subject to a waiting Maryland State Police Medevac Helicopter where he was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Further investigation by police led to the arrest of Shirley Elaine Spruill, age 61, of the 400 block of South Juniata Street. She has been charged with reckless endangerment, 1st and 2nd degree assault, 1st and 2nd degree attempted murder. Police did recover a knife at the scene of the incident. She is presently being held in the Harford County Detention Center.
The victim in this matter is identified as Bartley Adolphus Spruill, age 53, of the 400 block of South Juniata Street. Mr. Spruill was pronounced deceased at the Trauma Center during the evening hours of August 31, 2008. A post mortem examination will be conducted on September 1, 2008 at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
The investigation is continuing.
The accused murderer, Shirley Spruill, has previously been charged with second-degree assault in 2003 and again in 2006. In June 2008, she was charged with failure to control vehicle speed on a highway to avoid collision – and then failure to appear when she didn’t attend the court date.
The deceased, Mr. Spruill, also has a criminal history. In 1996, he was charged with possession of a drug other than marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. In 1998, he was charged with second-degree assault. In 2006, he was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a revoked or suspended license.
Mr. Spruill has also been the complainant in a second-degree assault case in 2000 and the complainant in a theft less than $500 case in 2005 and has been involved in a judgement from a wage garnishment case with General Motors dating back to 1991.