Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Elderly Stabbing Victim Identified; No Arrest Yet; Eyewitness Has Been Interviewed but Investigation Continues

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Elderly Stabbing Victim Identified; No Arrest Yet; Eyewitness Has Been Interviewed but Investigation Continues

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A 71-year-old man stabbed to death Wednesday has been identified as Johnnie Albert Holland.

Police at the scene in the 1200 block of Acorn Street said he had been stabbed about 10 times. An eyewitness has been interviewed, but the Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing.

Holland's son, Johnnie Holland of Lawrenceville, Ga., posted a message on his Facebook page Wednesday night about learning of his father's death. He said he is trying to keep his head up, but it hurts so bad. The stabbing happened around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Holland's house was quiet Thursday with an old conversion van parked deep in its driveway behind a "Beware of Dog" sign hung on the broken gate. No neighbors could be found in nearby homes, and no one knew him at a nearby church.

Dan Scanlan

SECOND MAN ARRESTED IN APRIL HOMICIDE

A second man has been arrested in an April homicide discovered when Jacksonville police responded to a burglar alarm.

Francis Majak Lai, 25, of the 2100 block of Emerson Street was charged Thursday in the death of Bella Barnat, 58, who was found dead April 12 inside his home in the 2400 block of West Miss Muffet Lane. He was shot once in the back of the head.

DNA of Lai and another suspect, Mackenley Widner Fiacre, 23, of the 7100 block of Wilson Boulevard, were found at the scene, police said.

A drop of Lai's blood was found under the mattress in Barnat's bedroom, according to the arrest report. Fiacre, whose blood matched samples taken from a broken window, was arrested June 4.

A bedroom and bathroom window were broken.

Both suspects have criminal records and are charged with murder.

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