Bedford Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges

(BEDFORD) – A Bedford man is facing charges of attempted murder after he stabbed his godfather while he slept Wednesday morning.

Lawrence County Sheriff detectives arrested 23-year-old Songbear Burke on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon.

According to Sheriff Mike Branham, deputies were called to a home at 360 Sasser Drive at 4:49 a.m. after Burke’s mother called police saying her son had stabbed his godfather Steve Lualdi while he slept.

“Mr. Lualdi suffered 8 to 9 stab wounds,” says Sheriff Branham. “The worse were to his face and wrists. He was flown by medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. The wounds are not life-threatening. “

Burke was taken into custody at the scene without incident.

“He was then transported to a local hospital for medical and mental evaluation,” says Sheriff Branham. “He was there for more than 20 hours and then brought to the jail.”

Sheriff Branham says there was no altercation or argument between Burke and Lualdi before the stabbing.

“There were no issues between the two,” Sheriff Branham added. “The two had been sleeping the same room. Mr. Lualdi woke to Mr. Burke stabbing him.”