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UPDATED: Female charged with murder following suspected stabbing death in Port Arthur

Police believe a violent encounter, most likely a stabbing, killed a man found dead Saturday morning.

The 24-year-old victim was found near the Pebble Creek Apartments, located at 4251 Jimmy Johnson Blvd.

Port Arthur Police have charged a woman in connection to the death with murder. According to a news release, an investigation revealed the victim and suspect were in a relationship.

Police responded to a call at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, Chief Tim Duriso said.

“It wasn’t a shooting except for a wound to the chest,” Duriso said, adding police suspect the man was stabbed.

The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

“Identities of both victim and suspect will be released at a later date and time,” a release from Det. Mike Hebert stated.

Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam declared the man dead and has ordered an autopsy of the body. He said an autopsy report could take six weeks if a toxicology test is needed.

“If we don’t have to wait on toxicology, that would be relatively quickly, maybe the next couple of days,” Gillam said.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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