Minneapolis man charged with fatally stabbing tenant


A Minneapolis man was charged with fatally stabbing a man who was living with him, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

David Lee Hall III, 47, was charged with second-degree murder in the Sunday morning death of 34-year-old Billy Nunley. Prosecutors will be seeking bail of $1 million when Hall makes his first appearance Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Minneapolis police were called to a possible stabbing on Newton Avenue North around 12:20 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found Nunley’s bloody body near the curb in front of Hall’s home at 1910 Newton.

Witnesses told police that Hall had been intoxicated during the evening and assaulted one neighbor and threatened to kill another. Police also learned that Nunley lived in the home with Hall, but Hall was trying to evict Nunley Saturday night and they started arguing as the victim gathered his belongings to leave, the complaint states.

Hall told police he noticed Nunley had a knife in his back pocket, so he went to the kitchen and obtained his own knife. The pair resumed arguing and Hall said Nunley lunged at him and cut him on the arm and the back of his head, injuries which were visible to the officers, according to the complaint.

Nunley then dropped the knife, Hall picked it up and they continued their argument on the front lawn. Both men fell to the ground with Nunley on top. At that point, Hall used the two knives and stabbed Nunley 29 times, according to medical personnel, the complaint states. Hall left the victim lying in the yard and did not call 911.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)