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Deputies arrest man in fatal stabbing near Hillsborough homeless camp

TAMPA — Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies arrested a man early Sunday in the stabbing death of a transient near a Hillsborough Avenue homeless camp.

Michael Perry, 37, was arrested before 2 a.m. Sunday on a charge of second-degree murder.

The victim, Timothy Taylor, 49, was found dead with stab wounds to his face and head at 8 a.m. Saturday behind a business at 7704 W Hillsborough Ave., the Sheriff's Office said.

An investigation found that Perry and Taylor had argued early Saturday morning across the street from the business, authorities said. During the argument, Perry grabbed Taylor's knife and stabbed him twice in the face, Deputies reported. He pushed him to the ground and continued to stab him in the face and head, authorities said.

Perry admitted to detectives that he stabbed Taylor, officials said. He was booked into a Hills­borough County jail and held without bail.

Records show Perry has a lengthy history of arrests dating to 1993. He was sentenced to prison in 2008 on child neglect and burglary convictions, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Times news researcher Natalie Watson and staff writer Elisabeth Parker contributed to this report. Dan Sullivan can be reached at or (813) 226-3321.

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