Police: Unanswered questions surrounding William Liddle's stabbi

Police: Unanswered questions surrounding William Liddle's stabbing


PHOENIX, AZ- Many unanswered questions surrounding a reported stabbing of a man who was a no show in Federal court facing sentencing for de-frauding AEA Federal Credit Union.

"We have many more questions surrounding this case then we have answers at this point" says Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

They want to get to the bottom of what happened in the alley of William Liddle's Phoenix home. Monday, he reported being stabbed with a butterfly type knife but doesn't know who did it or which direction his attacker went. Sgt. Crump says "The knife was recovered and he had indicated that he had grabbed the knife and taken it out, pulled it out of the wound he had in his chest."

Liddle told police he was working on the fence behind his home when an arm came out of nowhere and stabbed him.

They say he called 911 at 12:45 p.m., which was just 15 minutes before his sentencing in court. "There could have been a delay in the report and he may have changed his shirt or done something with his shirt that he had on previous to our arrival" says Sgt. Crump.

Police say after learning Liddle was to be sentenced that afternoon, investigators looked in to whether that had something to do with the incident. Sgt. Crump says, "We also located papers or a written directive letter from the victim in this particular case to his family members about taking care of some of his personal affairs."

According to police, people were inside the Liddle's home at the time but no one heard or saw anything.

Liddle was taken to St. Joe's Hospital where he was treated for the non-life threatening injury and later released that afternoon.

Phoenix police tell us they haven't been able to follow up with Liddle since he reported he was stabbed.

Liddle's attorney had until Noon Tuesday to submit documents to the court on his clients absence.

The court accepted them and the judge rescheduled Mr. Liddle's sentencing to June 1.

Liddle, the former Vice President of Business Lending for AEA, was convicted by a jury in February on 54 counts, which included conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering.

Liddle's wife Rhonda was convicted on 36 of those counts. She was sentenced Monday to 5 years of supervised probation including one year of home incarceration.

A restitution hearing in this case has been scheduled for June 19.

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