Stabbing suspect pleads innocent, trial slated

By Stacy Kess

May 20, 2014

Staff reports

The suspect in a stabbing at Ohio Wesleyan University pleaded innocent Tuesday to a variety of charges in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Nicholas Corey Lee Eber, 23, of Delaware, had been indicted for first-degree felony attempted murder, second-degree felonious assault, first-degree felony felony aggravated burglary and third-degree felony tampering with evidence for allegedly stabbing OWU senior Anthony Peddle, 21, at the Chi Phi Fraternity house at OWU on May 3.

Eber remained in jail Tuesday with bond set at $400,000. His trial was scheduled for Aug. 12.

The fraternity house is at 216 N. Franklin St. Police were called to the scene at about 3:36 a.m. May 3 and found Peddle stabbed and bleeding, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said earlier.

Peddle was transported by Medflight to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He was released and attended OWU’s commencement May 11.

Delaware City Police arrested Eber May 8 based on witness statements and physical evidence, according to police. A search warrant listed a green sweatshirt, medical scrubs, knives and blood evidence as items police hoped to recover. The warrant stated that Eber was found to have a wound to his left forearm consistent with a possible knife wound.

During a voluntary interview with Eber and in interviews with Peddle and witnesses, police were informed the incident followed a recently dissolved personal relationship between Eber and Peddle’s roommate.

According to the warrant, after the relationship dissolved, Eber blamed Peddle for “the inability to reconcile (Eber and the roommate’s) relationship.” A witness told police Eber was publicly blamed for ending the relationship with Peddle’s roommate and that Eber “was the victim of a social media reputation assault.”

The warrant also stated that Eber, Peddle and Peddle’s roommate all admitted to texting, emailing and calling each other repeatedly in the days prior to the incident.