Friday stabbing remains under investigation

By Sheryl Roadcap - [email protected]



SIDNEY — More details are emerging about the Friday afternoon stabbing which resulted in the death of Brianna Wilson.

Sidney Police Capt. Jerry Tangeman confirmed Wilson, 27, of 630 Fourth Ave., and her alleged attacker, Riley Barger, 20, of the same residence, were cousins. The two were involved in a verbal argument over Wilson wanting Barger to move out of the residence, he said. The dispute escalated into a physical altercation where Barger allegedly stabbed Wilson.

Wilson died at Wilson Health after being stabbed numerous times. Police arrested and charged Barger with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony. He is currently incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail.

Police were dispatched to the residence early Friday afternoon after receiving a 911 call from Barger and another family member reporting a stabbing. Wilson was transported to Wilson Health by Sidney Fire and Rescue, where she was pronounced dead.

No one else was inside the residence when the incident occurred, Tangeman said. The other family member arrived home right after the incident occurred.

Wilson was out on bail at the time of the incident. She was recently charged with felonious assault for allegedly shooting a man on Nov. 30, 2020. The case was pending in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

The stabbing remains under investigation, and it unknown at this time if Barger will face additional charges. Tangeman said it is likely the case will be presented to the grand jury.

Barger was arraigned in Sidney Municipal Court Monday morning. Judge Gary Carter appointed a public defender for Barger. Bond was set at $150,091 cash or surety. Conditions of the bond require Barger to have no contact with the alleged victim’s family. He must also stay 500 feet away from 630 Fourth Ave., Sidney.

A preliminary hearing will be held Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m. in municipal court.


By Sheryl Roadcap

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Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.