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Man faces murder charges in Durham triple stabbing

Posted July 9, 2010

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— A Durham man was charged with murder Friday in connection with a fight Tuesday night in which three people were stabbed, including a 23-year-old man who died.

Police charged Robert Lewis Lyons, 52, with stabbing Tony Montrel Burns during the fight in the 1500 block of North Hyde Park Avenue. Burns died of his injuries early Wednesday.

Lyons and a woman, whose identity hasn't been released, were also stabbed. The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police have said that an argument preceded the fight but haven't released more details about what led to the stabbings.

Lyons, of North Hyde Park Avenue, was placed in the Durham County jail after being released from Duke University Hospital. He was denied bond.

State Department of Correction records show that Lyons has four previous assault convictions – assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in 1999, assault on a female and simple assault in 1997, and assault inflicting serious injury in 1992.

He served 18-month prison sentence for the 1999 conviction and then seven months in 2004 for violating the terms of his release, records show.


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  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    They need to give him the death penalty.

  • seankelly15 Jul 9, 2010

    thatsgreat - Let me summarize for you; fight, stabbings, one person dies - now what part of that is not news? If it is the same old story to you then you must be in a lot of knife fights where people die.

  • exquisite1 Jul 9, 2010

    Isn't it interesting that it's taken this man 4 assault convictions and now a murder to be sent to prison? Repeat violent offenders should not be allowed to roam the streets. Especially when someone who gets caught with a considerable amount of marijuana is imprisoned for years....

  • mebgirl1984 Jul 9, 2010

    Hey Gary, I think you know what Teresa meant. You sort of prove her point. No?

  • garychapelhill Jul 9, 2010

    Teresa said "52 years old? Some people never grow up."

    It's a scary world you live in where children stab each other to death, no?

  • TeresaBee Jul 9, 2010

    52 years old? Some people never grow up.