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North Union man's hearing continued in double-stabbing case

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The preliminary hearing on Tuesday for a North Union man accused of stabbing two brothers during a fight in a Dunbar Township field has been continued until next week.

Elijah Caine Boyer, 23, of 11 Milton St., was charged with two counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault, and one count of terroristic threats.

He allegedly stabbed brothers Cody and Travis Burnsworth.

Police said a woman's request to guzzle beer while suspended upside down over a keg at a party of about 50 people led to the double stabbing on April 27.

Travis Burnsworth objected to the woman guzzling beer in that manner, which caused a minor fight to break out, police said.

Travis and Cody Burnsworth told police they were stabbed when they confronted the man who allegedly punched the woman.

Boyer told police that 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.

The Burnsworth brothers were taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

The hearing was continued to 10:30 a.m. May 14 before District Judge Dwight Shaner.

Boyer is lodged in Fayette County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bond.

Mark Hofmann is a reporter for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3539.

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