After stabbing victim dies, teen faces murder charge

Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 1:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 1:17 p.m.

A 22-year-old Gainesville man, stabbed last month, died over the weekend after he was removed from life support, police reported.

Prosecutors already had decided to try his accused attacker, a 16-year-old, as an adult. Now Terrill Gardner will face a murder charge, State Attorney Bill Cervone confirmed Monday.

Gainesville police arrested Gardner for attempted murder after the Nov. 21 stabbing of Michael Deshawn Jones.

Jones was injured at the Sugar Hill apartment complex, officers reported last month. The two had been sitting together outside the complex buildings when they got into an argument.

Gardner reportedly used a knife with a blade at least 10 inches long to stab Jones in the torso.

Police were investigating the reason for the argument that took place before Jones was injured.

Police also reported Gardner had been arrested in July and charged with aggravated battery after he was accused of beating Jones' sister with a chain dog leash. That case still was pending at the time of his arrest on charges of wounding Jones.

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