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Man charged in Jefferson Park stabbing death

A man suspected of fatally stabbing a 35-year-old man turned himself in for the Dec. 20 killing late last week, police said.

Michael Allen McGilvery, 44, was arrested Friday after he walked into the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Community Police Station, said Det. Supervisor Sal LaBarbera.

McGilvery is suspected of stabbing William Jennings, 35, in Jefferson Park. Jennings was on his way to the store when he got into an altercation with McGilvery, LaBarbera said. McGilvery, who lives in the area, pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings multiple times. McGilvery then allegedly grabbed Jennings’ wallet and fled from the scene. 

“We don’t know what the motive was, it was some sort of dispute,” LaBarbera said.  

Jennings leaves behind a wife and 11-year-old daughter, according to a news release from LAPD.

After police released surveillance video of the stabbing people who knew McGilvery urged him to turn himself in.

 McGilvery has been charged with one count of murder and one count of second-degree robbery, according to a felony complaint filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Dets. Paul Funicello or Matt Courtney at (213) 485-4341. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: Image from surveillance video footage of the Dec. 20 stabbing. Credit: LAPD

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