Man Kills Roommate Over Missing Corn Dog
|Corey Lamont Walker|
A St. Petersburg man was arrested after he killed his roommate by stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife.
The reason for the murder? A dispute over a missing corn dog.
Corey Lamont Walker, 36, was arrested on a second-degree murder charge after he attacked Anthony Kimball Smith, 56, and stabbed him to death, according to police.
The two men were roommates at a St. Petersburg transitional housing complex run by New Faith Free Methodist Church. They reportedly lived there with four other people.
At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a 911 call made by a neighbor. A witness says he saw a woman running in the street calling for help, and the caller told police that there had been a stabbing and that the attacker was still in the home armed with a knife.
Police say Walker confessed to attacking Smith because one of his corn dogs was missing. He initially accused a female friend of Smith's, who was visiting. Walker eventually turned on Smith himself and attacked him with a butcher knife from the kitchen.
Cops found the knife in the sink.
Witnesses say Smith was covered in blood when paramedics brought him out of the home.
The New Faith Free Methodist Church home caters to those fallen on hard times, such as the homeless and those dealing with drug addiction.
It's unknown how Smith and Walker ended up living there, although, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Walker served two years in prison for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon as well as arrests on charges of drug possession, battery, and obstruction.
Walker was arrested without incident, and his other roommates were taken in for questioning.
"It's hard to imagine someone taking a life over something so trivial," police spokesman Mike Puetz said.