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Published: Friday, 3/22/2013

East Toledo man dies of slash wounds, woman is injured

BY MIKE SIGOV
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Ogden Ogden
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An East Toledo man is the city's fourth homicide victim this year, after he died from slash wounds Thursday during an incident at an East Toledo home in which a woman was injured, police said.

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Christopher Ogden, 40, of Toledo was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m. at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, according to the Lucas County Coroner's Office.

Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a Lucas County deputy coroner, said Mr. Ogden died of multiple sharp-force injuries that she said were slashing wounds to his head, torso, and arms.

The death was ruled a homicide.

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The second victim, Brenda Watts, 36, was taken to Mercy St. Charles Hospital for what police called a “less serious wound.”

Police did not say what caused her injury.

A spokesman said there was no one by that name at the hospital.

No arrests were made as of late Thursday and a weapon was not recovered.

The incident was reported at 2:50 a.m. at Ogden's residence at 2044 Woodford St. near Consaul Street, police said.

Police said a woman called 911 to report that a man had been stabbed at the house.

As of late Thursday, police had not recovered a weapon and were still investigating what was used in the alleged killing.

They did not release a motive.

The single-story, single-family house was vacant at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a single strip of crime-scene tape strung across the front porch of the residence.

A neighbor taking out the garbage said the people who lived at the house where the incident occurred had kept to themselves and so did he.

He then hurried back into his home without giving his name.

But Charles Skiles, Sr., 52, a next-door neighbor, said those who lived at the victim's house had moved there in early January and that he had since seen so many people go in and out of the house that it made him worry for his safety.

“Sometimes there would be 12 guys [arriving] by three or four cars,” Mr. Skiles said.

Mr. Skiles said someone was at his door about 4 a.m. Thursday but he did not answer.

“My dogs were going crazy but I was too afraid to open the door,” he said.

Contact Mike Sigov at: sigov@theblade.com, 419-724-6089, or on Twitter @mikesigovblade.



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