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Mail carrier, children find man bleeding to death in Brooksville

A mail carrier called 911 to report the stabbing at 5:22 p.m. Wednesday and reported that three children were looking at the victim, who was lying in the grass and bleeding profusely, deputies reported.
James Dean Croft was arrested on a charge of third-degree murder in connection with a stabbing that occurred in the 19000 block of Peyton Place on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
James Dean Croft was arrested on a charge of third-degree murder in connection with a stabbing that occurred in the 19000 block of Peyton Place on Wednesday, Aug. 19. [ Hernando County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Aug. 20, 2020

A 48-year-old man is facing a murder charge after he stabbed another man to death Wednesday evening in Brooksville, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies report.

James Dean Croft was arrested on a charge of third-degree murder in connection with the stabbing, which occurred in the 19000 block of Peyton Place.

A mail carrier called 911 to report the stabbing at 5:22 p.m. Wednesday and reported that three children were looking at the victim, who was lying in the grass and bleeding profusely, deputies reported. The mail carrier reported hearing the victim say “Help, I’m dying.”

Deputies flooded the area along with K-9 teams looking for a man wearing blue jeans and no shirt who had been seen walking away at a fast pace. A K-9 found Croft hiding behind a nearby residence and he was taken into custody, deputies said. Croft was being held without bail on Thursday.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died. Deputies did not not identify him, citing their interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment designed to protect crime victims that also deprives the public of information that had been previously made available in public records.

Deputies didn’t release any other details.