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Police and sheriff's deputies investigate a fatal stabbing in Falkville on Friday.
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Police and sheriff’s deputies investigate a fatal stabbing in Falkville on Friday.

Stabbing death in Falkville
Man, 49, dies of stab wound to chest; teenage boy found with butcher knife

By Seth Burkett· 340-2355

FALKVILLE — Police and sheriff investigators were probing a killing at a residence in this quiet town in southern Morgan County on Friday evening.

One of three people police took into custody for questioning following the stabbing of Christopher Abbott, 49, was a teenage boy found with a butcher knife, said Falkville police Chief Chris Free.

"The boy had it (the knife) in his custody when the first officer arrived on the scene," Free said.

Police arrived at about 4:40 p.m. to discover Abbott's body inside the residence at 3115 U.S. 31, in a back bedroom where Abbott apparently stayed with his wife, Free said.

He died of a single stab wound to the chest.

The teen also suffered minor injuries that were "inflicted by the deceased, from what I've been told," Free said.

The arrival of police and emergency personnel drew the attention of next-door neighbor Amanda Wright.

"I came outside and saw the kid on his knees. They were cuffing him and made him drop whatever he had in his hand," Wright said.

"The lady came out of the house screaming, and another one came out shouting, 'My husband! My husband!' "

The two women, the teenager's mother and Abbott's wife, were taken for questioning, Free said.

Free said he believed the stabbing resulted from an altercation between the teen, Abbott and another person, but investigators had not yet determined who else was involved.

Free said this is the first investigation into a killing since he became police chief in February 2006.

Morgan County sheriff's investigators Sgt. Jon Bili and Kyle Wilson were assisting police with the investigation.

Abbott's body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for autopsy, said Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard.

Police were conducting interviews Friday night, but as of press time, no charges had been filed against anyone.

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