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Two stabbings; one family

Last night, police found a man with stab wounds his mother said were inflicted by his girlfriend.

Today, a 35-year-old man was sentenced for the stabbing death of his cousin last year.

In each case, police responded to the same location - the 1400 block of West Boone. The men are brothers.

The story of the Ellenwood brothers stabbings begins in May 2008, when the oldest, Adrian, was arrested for stabbing his cousin to death.  

Last night, the eve of his sentencing, police found his younger brother, Michael J. Ellenwood, at the West Boone home after the men's mother, Peggy Ellenwood, reported a stabbing you can read about here.

Ellenwood had tried washing the blood from wounds on his head, neck and lips and told police several different stories about how his injuries occurred, according to a search warrant.

That search warrant was used to search an apartment in the 1100 block of North Walnut, where police believe the stabbing occurred. Ellenwood's girlfriend, Roxanne Wood, 27, is considered a "person of interest" in the case, police said.

A man who answered the phone at the Ellenwood home tonight said Michael Ellenwood was in good condition. Adrian Ellenwood's sentencing this afternoon ended with the judge accepting his plea of not guilty because of insanity.

But, as Tom Clouse explains in a story you can read here, he'll probably be in a mental hospital for the rest of his life.

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