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Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder After Fatal Stabbing

LEBANON, Mo. – A 26-year-old Lebanon man has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of a 53-year-old man stabbed on Monday.
LEBANON, Mo. – A 26-year-old Lebanon man has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of a 53-year-old man stabbed on Monday.

Bradley Wayne Montgomery, 26, is being held in the Laclede County Jail without bond, according to a news release from Lebanon Police Chief Randy Halstead.

Deputies found Gaylon Glenn Bennatt of Lebanon unresponsive at the residence he shared with Montgomery at 1101 Ivey Lane after receiving a 911 call at 10 p.m. He had been stabbed in the neck, Halstead said, and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Laclede County Coroner.

There were signs of a struggle and great deal of blood in the kitchen and living area of the home where Bennatt was found, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

Montgomery told investigators he and Bennatt had been drinking and had gone to sleep on couches. He said he awoke to find Bennatt on the floor and unresponsive. He said he thought Bennatt was joking around, but after turning him over he saw lots of blood and sought help from a woman who lived nearby and described herself as his former girlfriend because he could not find his cell phone to call for help.

The statement says police noted that Montgomery had minor cuts on his hands and back and neighbors said when Montgomery came to their homes to seek assistance he had blood on his person.

Physical evidence at the scene suggested a struggle had taken place, according to the probable cause statement, but Montgomery told investigators he was a “hard sleeper” and offered no other explanation as to how he could have slept through the struggle.

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