DES MOINES, Iowa — Police believe the stabbing death of a Des Moines man earlier this week was the result of a dispute over a $50 debt.

Television station KCCI reports that court documents say 39-year-old Michael Lee Bell Jr., of Des Moines, told police investigators he had several weapons with him Wednesday evening when he confronted 42-year-old Jerry Lavelle Martin over the debt.

Court documents say two witnesses told police they saw Bell use a weapon to hit and stab Martin several times, cutting Martin’s neck and puncturing his chest, causing his death.

Bell is charged with first-degree murder. His initial court appearance has been set for Nov. 6.


Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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