Manhunt ends; suspect turns self in

Apr. 17, 2008

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - A trail of blood, a bloody footprint, and blood stains on the wall.

The victim 20 year-old Richard Straus, running for help.

"There was a guy crying for help so we opened the door and he's covered in blood from head to waist. And he comes in here, lies down and we help him in. I grab a towel from the back, thinking we're going to get him to the hospital and that's when the police show up," says neighbor, Graham Cooper.

Investigators say the man had a fight with his roommate.  Neighbors say 20 year-old Johnathon Etterer took a kitchen knife and stabbed Straus.

Etterer, of Birmingham, Ala. turned himself in to Auburn Police early Thursday at 1:00 a.m.

He has been charged with Assault 2nd degree and has been transported to the Lee County Detention Center.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Straus is in critical condition after undergoing surgery at the East Alabama Medical Center.