Greenwood County Man Killed, Suspect Arrested

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Greenwood County Sheriff says a man in the small town of Severy was stabbed to death on Sunday night.

The sheriff's office is investigating the murder along with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and they say they already have a suspect in custody.

The sheriff tells us 40-year-old Dominic Angelo was found in the 300 block of North Mill in Severy where he lives. They arrested 48-year-old Patrick Martin on US 54 east of Eureka after deputies spotted his car, which witnesses were able to describe.

We visited Severy and the people who live there and the Greenwood County Sheriff tell us they're just not used to that kind of crime in their community. Less than 300 people live in the city of Severy.

“I have lived here all my life, I’m 42 years old so,” Severy Mayor Rodney Craig said.

In that time, Mayor Rodney Craig says he's never seen a murder in his hometown until now.

“Small towns, something like this happens it's pretty hard to deal with,” Craig said.

Greenwood County Sheriff Rusty Bitler says his deputies were called out to the scene on Sunday night. When they arrived, they found Angelo lying in the yard near his home.

He had been stabbed several times in the back and died shortly after he was taken to the hospital.

“Our thoughts are out to family of the person who was killed last night,” Bitler said.

While some deputies investigated the crime scene in Severy, Bitler says others searched for the suspect's car. Within 30 minutes, he says they pulled the car over near Eureka and arrested Martin. A juvenile also in the car was taken into protective custody.

Bitler says they are still trying to piece together exactly how what happened Sunday night.

“At this point we're still trying to figure out how many people are involved in this. There was some sort of argument involved in this, we're just not sure of the extent of it,” Sheriff Bitler said.

For now, there's still a lot of unanswered questions about a violent crime that's shaken up a small town.

“You know something like that happens in your hometown. Small community like this it's pretty tough."

Bitler says Martin is from Hamilton. He's being held on second degree murder charges and will make his first appearance in court Tuesday.

Neighbors tell us Angelo lived in the home with his girlfriend. It's still not clear how the two men knew each other.

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Greenwood County man has died after authorities say he was stabbed by another man. It happened just before 9:45 p.m. Sunday night in Severy.

Greenwood County Sheriff officials say they responded to the report of a stabbing and found Dominick Angelo, 40, of Severy, suffering from several knife wounds. The suspect had left the scene.

Angelo was taken to an area hospital. He died a short time later from his injuries.

About 15 minutes after the stabbing was reported, deputies located the suspect's vehicle on U.S. 54 just east of Eureka. They took Patrick Martin, 48, of Hamilton into custody.

Martin was arrested on charges of second degree murder. A child was also taken into protective custody.

The circumstances leading up to the stabbing have not been released. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Greenwood County Sheriff's Department with their investigation.


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