An argument over a $10 debt has led to the stabbing death of a LaGrange man Saturday, police said.
Police were called to a house in the 100 block of Belk Street about 10 p.m. Saturday to a stabbing in progress, reports said. Officers found Tony Gillam, 29, of Hamilton Road, leaning against a lounge chair with multiple stab wounds to the chest. Gillam was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. Officers began CPR until paramedics arrived to take Gillam to West Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A witness said he was in the house with Gillam and the suspect, Coranzo Sterling, 34, of Coldwater Creek, when the two men got in an argument. The witness told police Sterling got a large knife and stabbed Gillam in the chest multiple times. The witness feared for his life and fled the scene. Another witness who also left the building for fear of her life said Sterling claimed the victim owed him $10.
Police recovered a Winchester knife with a wooden handle and blade more than 12 inches long in 100 block of Gallant Street, about 140 feet from the house where the stabbing occurred.
About 2 a.m. on Sunday, police got word that Sterling was back at the Belk Street house. A K-9 officer was able to track Sterling down in the woods nearby and he was arrested and charged with murder. He was taken to Troup County jail.
Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to call LaGrange police at 706-883-2603 , Troup County Crimestoppers at 706-812-1000 or contact police at www.lagrangega.org or www.facebook.com/lagrange.police.