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Hillsboro Police investigate homicide
Late night assault leaves one dead, one in jail
Responding to a reported assault on Northwest Garibaldi Street Monday night, Dec. 21, Hillsboro police officers found Hillsboro resident Thomas R. Wearing, 47, suffering from a stab wound to his upper abdomen.
According to an official police statement, further investigation revealed the assault came after Wearing began arguing with Timothy Lee Simpkins, 20, who lives with his mother and Wearing at the residence where the incident occurred. Simpkins' mother and Wearing had been in a relationship.
The argument turned violent when Simpkins grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Wearing once. Wearing was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Simpkins was arrested by Hillsboro detectives and lodged in the Washington County Jail on one count of murder.