Minneapolis man charged in stabbing death

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

 A Minneapolis man has been charged, in the stabbing death of another man, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Wednesday.

James Willis McDaniel, 59, is charged with one count of second-degree murder, not pre-meditated, in the killing of Cassidine Fontaine Hazley, 35.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in an apartment building in the 2100 block of Third Avenue South at approximately 10:52 p.m. on January 14. When the officers arrived, they were told a man had been stabbed inside an apartment. Officers found Hazley lying on a couch, being attended to by his girlfriend. He was bleeding from a wound in his upper chest and was unresponsive. Medical personnel arrived and attempted to revive him, but declared him dead at the scene.

Officers reported that McDaniel was inside the apartment with several other individuals including Hazley’s girlfriend, his sister and his mother, who was also identified as McDaniel’s wife. When officers asked who had stabbed Hazley, his mother pointed at McDaniel.

The complaint states that they were all drinking at the apartment. Hazley, his girlfriend and his mother were in the living room. McDaniel and Hazley’s sister were in the bedroom talking. Hazley wanted to speak to his sister and began banging on the door. Hazley’s mother reported to police that Hazley began punching the bedroom door. She was trying to calm him down in the hallway when McDaniel opened the bedroom door and stabbed Hazley.

When officers spoke with the victim’s sister, she said she was inside the bedroom with McDaniel and that she and Hazley had argued earlier in the evening. In McDaniel’s statement to police, he said when Hazley started punching through the bedroom door, McDaniel got a knife and stabbed Hazley. Officers located the knife in the bedroom.

McDaniel is in custody and will make his first court appearance Thursday, January 19.

McDaniel Criminal Complaint