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Double homicide suspect in serious condition from possible self-inflicted wounds

By JOLEEN FERRIS

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The suspect in Tuesday's fatal stabbing in Rome is in a Syracuse hospital, recovering from what police believe are self-inflicted wounds.

Investigators have not yet recovered the murder weapon and therefore can't say whether they believe suspect Aaron Welch, 26, of Schenectady, stabbed himself with the same weapon they believe he used to stab 22-year-old Stephanie Morrison and 31-year-old Shawn Kessler, of Camden.

Police are waiting for Welch to be medically cleared before they charge him with murder. He is under police guard in a Syracuse hospital, where he is in serious condition.

Police are also revealing disturbing details of the bitter rage and selfless heroics that lead up to and surrounded Tuesday's double fatal stabbing.

Investigators say Morrison asked a friend to sleep at her house in order to watch her young daughter while she was at work. The friend, whom police are not naming, and her boyfriend, Kessler, stayed the night at Morrison's Myrtle Street apartment.

Police say Welch was waiting at the house and attacked Morrison in the doorway when she got home from work around 6:30 am, Monday.

They say the attack woke her friend and Kessler, and that Kessler immediately ran to try and save her, at which time Welch allegedly stabbed him. Investigators believe Welch injured himself with a sharp object and then got into the nearby car where they ultimately found him roughly six hours after the crime.

Police say Welch was the father of Morrison's child, and that the child was home at the time of the attack, but did not witness it.

She is currently staying with family.

Police say they were called to the scene of the crime the previous day, Monday, by Morrison, who complained that Welch was there and wouldn't leave.

Investigators say she did not complain that he threatened her or anyone else in any way; that she simply wanted him to leave.

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