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Man arrested in fatal stabbing of Salt Lake landlord


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SALT LAKE CITY — A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of his landlord in Salt Lake City.

Jesse Joel Bruce, 40, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder in the death of Cory Haney, 40.

Salt Lake police responded to a 911 call about 1:15 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived at 797 E. Northcliffe Drive (600 North), they found Haney inside with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a jail report.

Detectives determined that Bruce had called 911 to report "that he had stabbed his landlord," the report states. Bruce said he was acting in self-defense.

However, "based on the evidence collected from the crime scene detectives have reason to believe (Bruce) was the aggressor in this deadly confrontation," according to the report.

Police say Bruce was renting a room in Haney's house, where the assault occurred, and that the two lived together. But the men already knew each other before Bruce moved in, according to police. The fight between the two was not believed to be a landlord-tenant issue, police said.

It was not immediately known how long Bruce had lived with Haney. As recently as January, court records listed Bruce's home address as being in North Ogden.

Bruce was treated for undisclosed minor injuries at a local hospital before being booked into jail.

Court records show Bruce's criminal history includes arrests for DUI, shoplifting and traffic citations, but nothing for violent crimes.


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