Man dies in fight over can of beer in Fort Myers
FORT MYERS, Fla. - (AP) -- A man has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly stabbing a co-worker to death during a scuffle over a can of beer, authorities said.
Amadeo Galvez, 36, told investigators with the Lee County Sheriff's Office that Cristobal Velazco entered his apartment uninvited around 2 a.m. Saturday and asked for a beer.
Galvez told Velazco, 45, it was his last one and asked him to leave, according to the arrest report. An argument ensued and the men began fighting, eventually ending up outside the farm worker housing where both lived.
Galvez told investigators that's when Velazco pulled out a knife from his waistband and began chasing him into a nearby soccer field. Galvez claims he wrestled the knife from Velazco then stabbed him three times in the abdomen when Velazco wouldn't stop approaching.
Sheriff's Lt. Richard Dobson said Velazco was stabbed numerous times in the stomach and back.
Dobson said about 10 empty cans of Natural Light were found in an area of the field where Velazco liked to drink and that people had seen him drinking heavily about midnight.
If found guilty of the second-degree felony, Galvez could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison.