Argument Reportedly Led to Fatal Stabbing

Argument Reportedly Led to Fatal Stabbing

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- A 40-year-old West Jordan man has been arrested in the stabbing death of his 19-year-old son.

Gerald Fain Jr. was killed at the family's home late Saturday and Gerald Fain Sr., was arrested, police Capt. Gary Cox said.

Cox said the two were involved in an argument in the kitchen when the father allegedly picked up a knife and stabbed his son.

Police and rescue personnel arrived within several minutes of receiving the 911 call, but the young man was dead when they arrived.

Three other family members were in the home at the time. The family had just moved to West Jordan from Kearns about two months ago, Cox said.

An autopsy will be conducted by the state medical examiner's office. There was no immediate indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident, Cox said.

The victim's mother, Yvonne Garcia Fain, said she and her other two children, ages 11 and 12, saw the slaying.

She said she got a protective order against her husband when she left him three years ago, but she eventually came back because the children missed their father.

Fain Sr. pleaded guilty in 2002 to a class B misdemeanor count of simple assault. He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a $200 fine. A 90-day jail sentence was suspended.

Yvonne Fain said the charge stems from an incident in which he beat her.

A pretrial conference in a separate case, in which Fain Sr. was charged with a class A misdemeanor count of violation of a protective order, had been scheduled for Monday.

Fain had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was granted pretrial release in October.

Father and son had been arguing all day Saturday.

Saturday night, after Fain refused to pay his son some money, Fain Jr. went outside their mobile home and started hitting things outside.

Fain Sr., who had left, returned, and searched for an object to hurt his son with, Yvonne Fain said.

When he came inside the residence, Fain Jr. told his father, "Give me the respect I deserve, and leave me alone right now."

Fain Sr. then allegedly stabbed him in the heart and fled, but surrendered to police a few blocks away, police said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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