Lancaster Man, 22, Identified as Victim of Fatal Stabbing in Hocking County

The suspect in a fatal stabbing in Hocking County has been identified as a 22-year-old Fairfield County man.

The stabbing took place at rental cabin near Sugar Grove, about eight miles south of Lancaster. Deputies arrived at the scene to find 22-year-old Charles D. Starner, of Lancaster, lying in the driveway of the cabin with multiple stab wounds. Starner was flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Witnesses at the scene informed investigators the suspect in the stabbing, identified as Isaac Tyler Pence, 20, of Carroll, OH, had left the scene following the incident still in possession of the knife used in the attack.

Pence, along with his girlfriend, identified as Sabra Sue Flagg, 21, of Lancaster, were later located at Pence’s Fairfield County home and questioned by investigators. The two were taken into custody and pleaded not guilty to their respective charges on Monday morning. Each are currently being held on a $1-million bond.

Photo: Hocking County Sheriff's Office

According to WBNS 10TV in Columbus, court records state Flagg and Pence each lied to detectives about the events that happened leading up to the stabbing. The outlet reports that a police affidavit alleges Pence lied to investigators about where the knife used in the stabbing was located, and that Flagg had lied about knowing where the knife had been disposed of. Deputies later found and recovered two knives from Pence’s residence. Flagg reportedly admitted to investigators that she'd lied to cover for her boyfriend.

Isaac Tyler Pence has been charged with unclassified felony murder while Sabra Sue Flagg has been charged with third-degree felony obstruction. A third individual, Bryce England, 22, of Lancaster, was also arrested on a charge of misconduct at an emergency scene. The three suspects were transported to the South East Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville.

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