Severn Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge


The motive behind an attempted murder in Severn last month?—it’s the oldest story in the book. Police say the suspect tried to kill a man he believed had slept with his girlfriend.

The defendant, 34-year-old James Dyson, has been charged with first and second degree assault, as well as attempted first degree murder in the June 20th incident. He also faces allegations of reckless endangerment and illegal use of a firearm.

The victim, who has chosen to remain nameless, told police that he was returning to his home near Pioneer Drive and Arwell Court some time before 5 a.m. on June 20, when he was approached by three men. He said the men did not attempt to rob him and exchanged no words with him, but one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him twice. The victim then found someone to take him to Laurel Regional Hospital, where he was treated. Police say they learned later that the victim had allegedly has sexual relations with Dyson’s girlfriend.

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