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Seffner man accused of second-degree murder in stabbing death

SEFFNER — A 59-year-old man admitted fatally stabbing another man with a steak knife Sunday night after a drunken argument, deputies said.

Cesar Anibal Rodriguez and neighbor Mikki Strader, 34, were drinking in Rodriguez's mobile home at Abbey's Wigwam RV Park on Williams Road when an argument broke out just after 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Rodriguez followed Strader as he took off through the trailer's front door and stabbed him in the neck with a 5-inch steak knife, deputies said. Strader staggered into a nearby yard, collapsed and was taken to University Community Hospital in Tampa, where he later died.

Rodriguez said he stabbed Strader because Strader repeatedly called him a "punk," according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies arrested Rodriguez about 11:20 p.m. Sunday at his home. He was charged with second-degree murder and held without bail.

In 1998 Rodriguez was arrested and accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to state records. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery and did not serve jail time, records show.

Seffner man accused of second-degree murder in stabbing death 07/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 5:02pm]
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