Family gathering turns deadly, fight ends with 1 dead, 1 in custody


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BILOXI, Mississippi — A family gathering to celebrate a child's birthday turned deadly when a fight between two brothers-in-law led to a fatal stabbing.

Hancock County Sheriff's investigator Glenn Grannan tells The Sun-Herald ( ) that at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies found 29-year-old Kenneth Fanning suffering from multiple stab wounds in the front yard of a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, 32-year-old Clinten Michael Dryer Sr., injured his knee during the fight and was treated at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Grannan says Dryer was charged shortly before 8:30 p.m. with murder.

Grannan says a group had gathered at the house Saturday to celebrate Dryer's child's birthday. The party extended into the evening and an argument sparked between the men, who were brothers-in-law.

A full autopsy is not yet complete.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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