Mar 14, 2008

Staggering away

Detectives found an empty bottle of French cognac and two drinking glasses on the back porch, outside the door. A man lay dead on the lawn, stabbed three times in what police described as the end of a romantic relationship...

According to a friend of the couple, who spoke to police after [Tommy] Crooks died, [Antonio] Rome confessed to the crime over the phone.

"Crooks wanted to have sex with him," the friend said to police, according to court documents, "but Rome did not want to have sex with Crooks. Rome wanted to break up with Crooks."

Crooks threw a remote control at Rome, according to the friend's statement, and then the argument moved outside and the jilted man allegedly grabbed a flower pot and raised it over his head like he was going to throw it.

He was stabbed in the stomach.

Rome stabbed him once with a three-inch knife blade, police allege, and Crooks said, "You cut me."

Rome allegedly stabbed him twice more in the chest and then Crooks staggered away, falling down and bleeding to death in the yard.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Man indicted in lover's stabbing death