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Man charged with voluntary manslaughter in fatal stabbing

Leon Wilson accused of stabbing Chanelle Allen

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An arrest was made Wednesday in the stabbing death of 37-year-old Chanelle Allen in Allentown last month.

"Mr. Wilson came into police headquarters voluntarily this afternoon and he was arrested," said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

65-year-old Leon Wilson is charged with voluntary manslaughter. Martin says he is accused of stabbing Allen in the chest on September 26.

"At the scene, the defendant, Leon Wilson, approached police holding a knife," said Martin.

The District Attorney says Wilson was in a relationship with Allen's mother for 15 years. It ended just days before the stabbing and she moved out.

Investigators say Allen and a group of women were drinking at her house, a block away from Wilson's home on West Gordon Street, earlier that day.

"Chanelle Allen's blood alcohol level was between .14 percent and .15 percent, which is well over the legal limit," said Martin.

Martin says the women arrived at Wilson's house about an hour before the stabbing.

He says they claimed to have been picking up Allen's mother's clothing, but instead they assaulted another woman who had moved into the home just days before Allen's mother moved out.

"According to the report, instead of retrieving the clothing, both women attacked Ronne Thomas in the presence of her infant child," said Martin.

Police say Allen and the group returned to Wilson's house later and a fight broke out, with two of the women allegedly attacking Wilson.

"Wilson said that he pulled out a knife and pointed it at the women hoping it would deter them from assaulting him further," said Martin.

The DA says Wilson told police he "poked" at one of the women with a 3-inch folding knife.

Allen was stabbed outside of Wilson's house. She was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Martin says Wilson claims he acted in self-defense but the facts say otherwise.

"The investigation has found that he was not in danger of death or serious bodily injury at the hands of these two drunken women. Accordingly, I find his use of deadly force not to be justified under the facts and circumstances of this case."

Martin says the arrest in this case was delayed about a month because some of the witnesses would not cooperate and would not tell the truth.


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