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Desire to do 'keg stand' ends in stabbings

| Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:36 p.m.

A woman's request to guzzle beer while suspended upside down over a keg led to a double stabbing at a field party in Fayette County, according to police.

Elijah Caine Boyer, 23, of 11 Milton St., North Union, is charged by state police at Uniontown with two counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count of terroristic threats.

Police said Boyer stabbed two brothers, Cody and Travis Burnsworth, early Saturday morning during a fight in a field off Gettamy Road in Dunbar Township.

According to a criminal complaint, the brothers and four of their friends were riding all-terrain vehicles in the mountains near Hardy Hill when they stopped at a fire pit where some 50 people were partying and drinking beer.

A woman who was with the brothers performed a “keg stand,” which according to is “doing a handstand on a keg while guzzling down a mass amount of the keg's contents through its hose-like dispenser.”

The woman, who is identified in the complaint as Danette Huffine, wanted to perform a second keg stand, police said, but Travis Burnsworth objected.

A minor fight broke out when an unidentified man told Travis Burnsworth that Huffine “could do whatever the (expletive) she wanted to,” according to the complaint.

During the fight, a fourth man, identified in the complaint as Cody Fisher, lost his wedding ring, police said. Several people were helping Fisher look for the ring when Huffine advised the group she had been punched in the face, according to the complaint.

Travis and Cody Burnsworth told police they were stabbed when they confronted the man who allegedly punched Huffine, according to the complaint.

Boyer told police the Burnsworth brothers were arguing with his brother, Josiah Boyer, when he intervened.

Elijah Boyer told police he threatened to stab the Burnsworths if they harmed his brother and the two were backing away when “four or five men began to punch him in the head and face.”

Elijah Boyer told police he then pulled out the knife “and started swinging it at the males,” according to the complaint. He fled into a wooded area and left in a van.

Most of the other partygoers fled when Cody Fisher fired a pistol into the woods, according to the complaint.

The Burnsworth brothers were taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. Cody Burnsworth has been released, according to the complaint, but Travis Burnsworth was still in the hospital's intensive care unit as of Sunday.

A hospital spokeswoman on Tuesday would not comment on Travis Burnsworth's condition.

Elijah Boyer was arraigned late Monday before on-call District Judge Jesse Cramer of Belle Vernon and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing 10 a.m. May 7 before District Judge Dwight Shaner of Smock.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or

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