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Sanford man charged with murder

Posted December 27, 2009

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— Sanford police have made an arrest in connection with an overnight fatal stabbing.

Ismael Tavera, 25, of 61 Thornwood Court, was stabbed to death at about 5 a.m. Sunday during an altercation at 113 E. Witherspoon St., authorities said.

Police said they arrested Jose Francisco Hernandez, 23, of 308 Midland Ave., at the scene and charged him with first-degree murder.

Hernandez was also treated for an injury to his elbow at Central Carolina Hospital.

Hernandez was being held Sunday in the Lee County jail without bond.  His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.


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  • Gaz Dec 28, 2009

    He's just here to make a better life for himself and his family . Ya ...sure ..defending himself .

  • Inter Alios Dec 28, 2009

    the guy is charged with murder for defending himself against a physical assault by a much larger man. a Sanford police officer wasn't even charged for shooting and killing a man with mental issues who alegedly tried to kit him with a stick. justice for "just us".

  • Bartmeister Dec 28, 2009

    Now he can spruce up the grounds at Central Prison. O'lay..............

  • Just the facts mam Dec 28, 2009

    Just here to work...