Georgetown stabbing leaves man dead, wife critical

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(WJLA) - An elderly man is dead and his wife is in critical condition after both were stabbed Sunday morning inside a Georgetown home. 

Photo: Kris Van Cleave/WJLA

Bradford Nelson Elliott, 56, is in police custody as the suspect. Sources say he is the couple's son.

Leroi Elliott, 88, was pronounced dead on scene; his wife, also in her 80s, was rushed to an area hospital in critical but stable condition. She reportedly called 911 for help around 6:30 a.m.

Investigators say the crime is domestic. A weapon was recovered from the scene.

It happened in the 3300 block of Q Street NW.

Shocked neighbors reacted as word spread about the violent and deadly double stabbing. 

“It is a very safe place, but crazy things happen everywhere. Sorry to hear about it,” says Richard Schmidt.

Nick Peabody, 13, was at a sleepover at the house next door.

“I noticed the sirens, there were a lot of them going on,” he says. “I didn’t find out until the morning there was a murder.”

According to local ANC commissioner Ed Solomon, the suspect may be the couple's son.

“This is something no one could foresee,” Solomon says. “This is something that could happen anywhere whether it’s a mental health issue or something else going on, we don’t know. Of course we are very concerned for our community.”

The murder investigation is just a few blocks from the home where Viola Drath was murdered in 2011. On Thursday, her husband Albrecht Muth was convicted of killing the 91-year-old Georgetown socialite. 

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