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Pasco teen boy accused of fatal stabbing at Redneck Games

INGLIS — A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy is accused of fatally stabbing a man at a mud bog after a dispute over engine revving, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Christopher J. Sutherlin stabbed 24-year-old Roderic L. Sparks on Saturday in the mud pit at the Horse Hole Creek mud bogs in Inglis. The stabbing happened at the second annual Redneck Games, a weekend festival. In addition to muddy vehicle races, the festival website advertises events like a tire change competition, blindfolded tent pitching and a sexy mechanical bull.

Deputies were working at the event when patrons notified them about the incident. The crowd blocked the suspect's vehicle, preventing him from leaving the scene, the Levy Sheriff's Office said.

Levy deputies said the incident began when Sutherlin's father started arguing with Sparks about revving his engine. Sutherlin's father threw a beer can at Sparks, which led to a fight, deputies said.

Sparks was "getting the best" of the fight and the younger Sutherlin jumped in, stabbing Sparks in the upper torso, deputies said.

He was taken to a Crystal River hospital, where he died.

Deputies located the knife in the mud pit on Sunday.

Sutherlin, who lives in Sabalwood at River Ridge off DeCubellis Road, faces a manslaughter charge.

His family could not be reached Monday, and Levy County authorities did not release additional information.

Pasco teen boy accused of fatal stabbing at Redneck Games 05/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 11:25am]
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