Two Tampa men face murder charges

Two Tampa men were arrested early Saturday and charged with second-degree murder in connection with an April 17 killing at an apartment complex, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Luis Omar Morales-Cora, 21, and Joseph Rodriguez Rivera, 20, were picked up on warrants at 12:15 a.m. and taken to the Orient Road Jail, where they were held without bail.

Rivera and Morales-Cora live in adjacent apartments in the 3000 block of Gates Drive. They were arrested at Morales-Cora's apartment.

The victim, Anthony Chatterton, 40, was slain during a confrontation with the two at the entrance to the Ascott Apartments near the 13900 block of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, the Sheriff's Office said.

The fight started when the suspects accused Chatterton of stealing some things from them, investigators said. A third person who was at the scene was not identified.

"They beat him with their fists and stabbed him with a knife," said sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway, adding that Rivera was the one accused of stabbing.

Chatterton was stabbed in the upper torso and died at the scene, Callaway said.

Morales-Cora and Rivera were floor technicians at University Community Hospital in Tampa, according to arrest records.

Two Tampa men face murder charges 07/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:27pm]

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