Argument Over Lawnmower Led to Fatal Stabbing, Police Say

William Hunt was ordered held Saturday in connection with the May 2011 stabbing death of 48-year-old George White.

Police say White was stabbed 59 times during an argument over a lawnmower.

Police found White on May 20, 2011, at approximately 1:45 p.m. dead in his apartment on the 400 block of Newcomb Street Southeast. Last weekend, more than 20 months later, Hunt, 57, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with the case.

According to charging documents, a witness told police that the day before White was found dead, he and Hunt had argued about the noise of a lawnmower.

Hunt, who worked as a custodian in the apartment building, had been mowing the lawn at about 11 a.m. when White confronted him, saying he could hear the sound of the lawnmower from inside his apartment and that it was bothering him. When Hunt went to White’s apartment door to speak some more, White slammed the door on Hunt’s hand, Hunt said according to the witness.

The witness, who told police that Hunt told him what happened, said Hunt then entered White’s apartment and stabbed White, killing him. Hunt told the witness he then went back outside and continued to cut grass, court documents state.

White was found dead the next day, documents state.

Hunt is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on February 13 with Judge Reid Winston.

Charging documents are below.

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