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Argument over TV led to fatal Durham stabbing

Posted June 26

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— A Durham man was charged Sunday with stabbing his father to death.

Donald Fields Sr., 54, was stabbed in his home, at 3408 Marquis Drive, shortly after noon, and he died at a nearby hospital.

His son, Donald Fields Jr., 23, was arrested about seven hours later and charged with murder, police said. He was being held without bond in the Durham County jail.

The two men were arguing over where a television was placed inside the home, according to Donald Fields Sr.'s brother. He said the father and son often fought and engaged in horseplay, so he didn't think much of it.

When he went outside, he said he heard a loud commotion inside the house. When he back inside, he said he saw that his nephew had stabbed his brother. He said he was able to stop the attack, but then his nephew walked off, still carrying the knife.

"I think it's a tragedy when family relationships deteriorate to that point," neighbor Graham Nichols said.

"Everybody knows them in the neighborhood. They seem to be sweet, kind people. I hate it happened," neighbor Arlenia Williams said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Durham police Investigator W. Thomson at 919-560-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 27, 2:01 p.m.
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    Time to get that knife ban started so we can stay ahead of more stabbings.

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jun 27, 7:44 a.m.
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    He didn't do it, the knife did!

  • James Barefoot Jun 27, 6:28 a.m.
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    It gets back to the 10 rules, removed from schools, Govt. Buildings, and other places,

  • Eric Bohlen Jun 27, 3:23 a.m.
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    Durham being Durham