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Employee charged in fatal stabbing

A 38-year-old man was accused Wednesday of stabbing his boss to death Sunday in the man's north Hillsborough home. John Henry Williams of 2203 Trace Circle turned himself in to detectives about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, said sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa. He was charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary and is being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Williams and another man, identified only as "Pat," forced their way into the home of Nelson E. McLoughlin, 48, at 15414 Morning Drive, about 9 p.m. Sunday, Espinosa said.

Williams and the second man struggled with McLoughlin and McLoughlin was stabbed several times in the neck and abdomen, officials said.

McLoughlin's 51-year-old wife, Nancy, was slashed on the arm.

McLoughlin ran from his townhouse searching for a neighbor who could help him. Bleeding heavily from a gash in his neck, he collapsed on a woman's doorstep.

The woman called her neighbor, who is a physician , and he tried to stop the bleeding with towels.

Dr. Barrington Lynch, 36, asked McLoughlin who had stabbed him and the man gave Williams' name, according to an arrest report. Nancy McLoughlin identified Williams as an assailant as well.

About two hours before the attack, Williams was overheard threatening McLoughlin, according to the arrest report. Williams and McLoughlin had been arguing over business, Espinosa said.

McLoughlin owned Mac's Lawn Service where Williams was employed. "Pat," the other suspect, is thought to be a former employee, Espinosa said.

Williams was convicted on a second-degree murder charge in 1981 and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was paroled in March of 1987, violated his parole and was sent back to prison in April of 1990.

He was released again in May of 1990.

Williams shot Walter Louis Nellums in the back of the head on N Dale Mabry Highway. Williams told the judge that he had smacked Nellums with what he thought was an unloaded gun.