Home invasion robbery victim stabs and kills attacker

Home invasion robbery victim stabs and kills attacker

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A man says he is sorry that he killed the man who attacked him during an early Friday morning home invasion robbery attempt. David Stewart says he was fighting for his life.

Investigators found the body of Alfred Gilliard Jr. in some woods about 20 yards from Stewart's home.

Dougherty County Police arrested Gilliard's wife Trisha Gilliard as an accessory to the armed robbery and are still searching for a second suspected robber.

David Stewart is a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran, who knew Gilliard. Stewart said he's having a hard time knowing that he took Gilliard's life, even if it was in self defense.

"Hell, I cried my butt off this morning just thinking about it," said Stewart. The man's gone. He'll never come back. And he did wrong."

Stewart has a black eye and cuts on his hands and arms after that battle Friday morning.

Someone cut the power to his home, and he went to investigate.

"When I opened that door, guy hit me in the head with a pistol. Right up there. I got a knot right there. Knocked me down," Stewart said.

He described the moment in raw detail. One man stayed on the porch, while the other jumped on him on the floor, shoved the barrel of a gun in his mouth, and demanded money.

Stewart said he hit the robber, and grabbed a 7 inch kitchen knife out of his sink.

"I took it and with all my might I stuck right there in the heart and the lungs,"he recalled. "And then I stuck him one more time right there."

Stewart said both robbers took off running in different directions. The man he stabbed ran east across the driveway and into some woods.

Stewart said "I heard him hollering, say that man's done about killed me. I'm stuck.  He stuck the hell out of me. That's the last words I heard."

Police found 54-year-old Alfred Gilliard Junior's body about 6:30 Friday morning when the sun came up. Stewart said he had met Gilliard before, and believes Gilliard knew that he had just received a pension check, and came to rob him.

Investigators arrested Gilliard's wife Trisha, and charged her with driving the get away car.

They are searching for 29-year-old Jimm Ellis of Sylvester. He has warrants for armed robbery, burglary, and home invasion.

If you have any information about Ellis, call CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward of up to $1,000.

Dougherty County Police say no charges will be filed against Stewart, who was acting in self defense.

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