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St. Petersburg man accused of trying to stab friend to death

ST. PETERSBURG — Police accused a 48-year-old man of trying to stab a friend to death after the man apparently took his wife's side in a marital dispute.

Eric Arnold Lee, 1845 29th St. S,, stabbed 61-year-old Charlie Will Lang at least three times in the back in the Friday night argument, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

About 9:40 p.m., Lee was driving his friend in a 2002 blue Ford pickup. Lang was trying to talk to Lee about some of Lee's marital problems. The two men started arguing and Lee became angry, police said

Lee pulled the truck over at Mystic gas station, 1501 34th St. S, and Lang got out of the vehicle. Then the two men start fighting and rolling around on the ground. At some point, Lee pulled out a 6-inch kitchen knife and stabbed Lang multiple times in the back, police said.

Lee then fled the area in the pickup truck.

Lang was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police arrested Lee on Monday as he was coming out of a home at 1906 29th St. S. He faces a charge of third-degree attempted murder. He was being held Tuesday at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Police said he admitted to stabbing Lang. He said he was drunk and he thought his friend was taking his wife's side in the argument

St. Petersburg man accused of trying to stab friend to death 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 2:40pm]
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