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"When He Started Running Toward Me, I Shot At Him," Eddie Savage Jr. Takes Stand

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Eddie Savage Jr. took the stand Tuesday.  The Delmar man faces murder charges for the alleged shooting death of Kenneth Sparks of Hurlock, Maryland.    

Savage admitted going back into his bedroom to get the gun that killed Kenneth Sparks.  And told the jury that he shot at Joshua and Kenneth Sparks because they were running toward him.

On why he had a knife that day, which he pulled out during an altercation with the Sparks', Eddie Savage Jr. testified he had been cutting boxes left over from the previous day's cookout, and because his seven children were still at the home, he didn't want to leave the knife in it's usual place in the garage, so he put it in a holster on his hip.

When the argument with the Sparks' began, Savage said "I figured they would go back if they see the knife, but they never did go back."

Eddie Savage Jr's fiance testified that just before Eddie fired shots, she yelled to the group "just don't do this in front of the kids."

After shots were fired, Eddie Savage Jr. testified he fled the scene, out of fear of what might happen once police arrived.  Savage's father, Eddie Savage Sr., testified he was also worried, and contacted Maryland State Apprehension team to coordinate his son's surrender.       

In court Tuesday, the assistant medical examiner, who performed an autopsy on Kenneth Sparks, reported finding alcohol in his blood stream at the time of death, and it was previously established that Kenneth Sparks' wife was intoxicated when the group arrived at Savage's home to pick up the three children.

In November, the defense had Savage examined by a neuro psychologist who concluded that Savage had a low to average IQ, high anxiety, and a mildly impaired problem-solving ability.

Wednesday is the final day of the trial.

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