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UPDATE: Man Charged With Murder in Stabbing Incident

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of Christopher E. Williams at a residence on 1460 N. Frisco on Dec. 16.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of Christopher E. Williams at a residence on 1460 N. Frisco on Dec. 16.

According to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, Michael M. Speed, 28, has been charged with murder in the second degree and armed criminal actions for the events leading to Williams’ death.

According to a probable cause statement, officers were dispatched to the residence around 7:30 p.m. on Monday in response to a report of a subject who had been stabbed.

Officers arrived on scene and found a black male subject lying on the ground in the front yard.  According to the officers, the male subject, later identified as Williams, had stab wounds to his torso and neck.

A woman found standing near Williams suffered from a cut wound to her hand and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers entered the residence to ensure there were no other victims and observed areas of blood inside the living room area of the residence, the front porch, on the ground near Williams and on the passenger side of the white Ford car parked in the yard.

According to the statement, an officer tended to Williams until emergency medical personnel arrived and began to provide treatment.

Williams was reported to have a “gaping wound to his chest” and was transported from the scene by medical personnel.  He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, where he was identified.

Earlier, as officers were arriving on scene, a white car was observed leaving the residence where the stabbing occurred.  The car was stopped one house north of 1460 N. Frisco Ave and the driver was identified as a witness to the incident.

According to the witness, he went to the residence with Williams, who became involved in a verbal argument with an unknown male subject.  The witness said the male became more agitated the longer Williams stayed at the residence and became in a physical fight with Williams.  During the fight Williams fell to the ground inside the residence, where the male began to stab him several times, according to the witness.

The male subject then fled from the residence.

Later, while the injured female was being interviewed by police, the male subject was identified as Michal Speed.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Speed was arrested at the Springfield Police Department Headquarters, where he admitted to stabbing Williams.  According to Speed, Williams continued trying to punch him while he was stabbing him with a knife.

Speed claimed he was using the knife to defend himself from being physically assaulted by Williams. 

According to police, no obvious injuries were observed on Speed.

During a search of the residence the incident occurred at, police found a knife matching the description Speed gave them in a trash can in the home.

Speed has been charged with murder in the second degree and armed criminal action.

He is at the Greene County Jail under a $300,000 bond with a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 4, 2014.
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