On Sunday evening, thirty-four-year-old (34) Jimmie Donald Jr. was arrested by Tempe Police for fatally stabbing his nephew, twenty-nine-year-old (29) Dexter Donald Jr. At approximately 7:30 p.m., Officers responded to an emergency call reporting a stabbing near University Drive and Smith Road in Tempe. Police arrested Mr. Donald as he was attempting to flee the scene in his vehicle. According to Tempe Police Spokesman Sergeant Steve Carbajal, twenty-nine-year-old (29) Brent Hatathlie, a friend of Mr. Donald’s nephew, was also stabbed but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Mr. Donald was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and is being held in Tempe City Jail. Sergeant Carbajal said Police do not yet know the motive for the stabbing.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1104, “A person commits second-degree murder if without premeditation: (1) The person intentionally causes the death of another person . . . .” Under Arizona law, second-degree murder is a Class 1 Felony that requires a mandatory prison sentence of ten (10) to twenty-two (22) years in prison.
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