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Charges: Man stabbed victim 29 times while trying to evict him

He's now charged with second-degree murder.

A Minneapolis man stabbed his tenant 29 times as he was trying to evict him, and then left his body on the curb and didn't call 911.

David Lee Hall III, 47, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to 34-year-old Billy Nunley's death early Sunday. According to the criminal complaint:

Nunley was living at Hall's home on Newton Avenue North in Minneapolis, and they got into a confrontation when Hall was trying to evict Nunley, an acquaintance of his.

Hall told police he saw Nunley had a knife, so he also grabbed a knife. And Hall said Nunley lunged at him, injuring Hall's arm and the back of his head.

When Nunley dropped his knife, Hall grabbed it. The confrontation spilled out into the yard, and Hall said he used the two knives to stab Nunley. Hall told police he only stabbed Nunley six times, despite Nunley suffering 29 stab wounds.

Hall told police he stopped stabbing Nunley when he asked him to stop, and then left him in the yard and didn't call 911.

When police got to the home at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, they found Nunley – dead – lying on the grass near the curb in front of Hall's home. Police noticed there were drag marks and a blood trail in the grass, which had officers thinking the victim was stabbed in the yard and dragged to the curb, where he was found.

Police also noticed the front door was smeared in blood.

Witnesses said Hall was drunk and "had been hostile and assaultive towards several neighbors that evening," noting he'd physically assaulted one neighbor and threatened to kill another before the stabbing.

Hall, who was also injured during the incident, was taken to the hospital before being booked into jail.

Prosecutors say they'll be seeking bail of $1 million at Hall's court appearance on Wednesday. If convicted, Hall could face 40 years in prison.

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