Man who bit off friend’s ear is convicted
A North Carolina man accused of biting off his friend’s ear and spitting it out on Interstate 95 during an argument was convicted Wednesday of malicious wounding in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court.
Floyd Raynaldo Warren, 31, of Scotland Neck, N.C., faces up to 20 years in prison for the July 4 incident that closed I–95 for a short period while deputies searched for the ear.
He said he did it in self-defense, but the judge didn’t buy it.
Spotsylvania County dispatchers received calls at 8:02 a.m. that day from drivers on I–95 stating that a man was darting in and out of traffic near mile marker 121 and had blood running down his shoulder.
Deputy William Jeffries testified that he saw 47-year-old Horace Askew leaning on the guardrail bleeding and that his entire right ear was missing.
Warren was located in a vehicle about 40 yards south of where Askew was standing.
Jeffries testified that Warren told him that he and Askew took a trip to New York and had stayed at a Stafford County motel where they did PCP.
He told Judge David Beck that Warren told him that the two had gotten into an argument in the car and that’s when he bit his ear off.
Jeffries mentioned that there was a significant amount of blood on the top of the car’s trunk.
Warren testified that Askew had been a long-time friend of the family.
Warren told Beck that he was openly gay and that Askew made a sexual pass at him that made him uncomfortable. He said he repeatedly rejected his advances, which made Askew upset.
After eating breakfast and getting back on the road, Warren said he fell asleep in the car and woke up feeling numb. He testified that he believed Askew did something to him to make him lose feeling in his limbs. He said he tried to get Askew to stop the car, but he refused. Warren said he tried to get out of the car, but couldn’t move his body.
Warren said he believed Askew wanted to kill him out of fear that Warren would reveal his sexuality.
“He said ‘I can’t let you go back to North Carolina because you know too much about me,’ and I started to panic,” Warren said.
He said Askew started punching him in the chest and stomach and that he was unable to fight back because he couldn’t move.
“Only thing I could use was my face,” he said. “I didn’t mean to rip his ear off, I just wanted him to stop the vehicle.”
Defense attorney John Parson argued Warren was acting in self-defense because he was in fear of his life.
Prosecutor Martha Norton argued that if Warren was so numb, how was he able to drive the car away from the scene? And if he was in fear for his life, why was his trial day the first time anyone knew about it?
“In order for it to be self-defense, you have to believe what he says,” Norton told Beck. “There are inconsistencies within his own statement.”
She argued that if Warren bit off the ear in the car, how did the blood end up on the trunk?
Askew, who had the ear reattached that day at Mary Washington Hospital, has not been seen since.
Norton said they have made numerous attempts to locate him.
That, according to Warren’s partner who attended the hearing, should have been enough to dismiss the case.
“This is crazy,” said Darrick Augborn. “We’ve been to court six times and the other man never showed up. How can you have a case without a victim? Only in Virginia, I guess.”
A sentencing date is scheduled for March 5.
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