Jacksonville man found guilty of murder in stabbing death of roommate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was discovered responsible by a jury of second-degree homicide within the 2014 stabbing loss of life of his roommate, the State Legal professional’s Workplace introduced Tuesday. 

Stephen Webster Bentley, 38, faces a most of life in jail. A sentencing listening to is about for Might.

Based on the State Legal professional’s Workplace, Bentley and JoeNathan Williams lived collectively for a short time frame earlier than Williams, 59, was discovered useless June 2, 2014, at his Arlington condominium. Prosecutors mentioned there have been a number of giant wounds to Williams’ higher physique that appeared to have come from a bladed object. Williams’ left hand was severed and his proper hand was additionally severely minimize. 

About two hours earlier than first responders arrived, in accordance with prosecutors, Bentley took somebody to a pawn store and through that point, the individual mentioned Bentley grew to become more and more offended when he was advised Williams was homosexual, which led to others within the neighborhood believing Bentley was additionally homosexual. 

Within the hours after Bentley returned, a number of witnesses tried to go to Williams to buy 
cigarettes from him, however Bentley answered the door, prosecutors mentioned. Some witnesses mentioned Bentley hid his hand and physique behind the door when he answered, and one noticed Bentley’s hand was bleeding from cuts. Bentley advised him he minimize his hand at work, though surveillance video of Bentley from earlier within the day confirmed there have been no cuts, in accordance with the State Legal professional’s Workplace. Witnesses additionally mentioned Bentley was sweating and performing irregular when he answered the door.

A number of days after Williams’ loss of life, Bentley was present in Lutz, exterior of Tampa, and arrested by U.S. marshals. He was then moved to the Duval County jail.

Investigators mentioned they found Williams’ blood on Bentley’s belongings and in Bentley’s car. 

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