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REPORT: Deadly stabbing in Milton ruled justified

REPORT:Deadly stabbing in Milton ruled justified. (Source: WEAR-TV)

A deadly stabbing in Milton last month has been ruled justified.

James Macks was stabbed at a home on Buggy Drive, October 9.

The State Attorney's Office interviewed the people involved in the incident and they also reviewed the evidence.

The report says Macks arrived at the residence on October 9 armed with a aluminum bat in his hand, and then started yelling at his sister about the power being disconnected .

According to the report, Macks’s sister began yelling back and James Macks swung the bat at his sister, striking the side of her head and arm.

The report states, Macks then turned and raised the bat to strike his sister’s boyfriend, who was sitting on the couch next to an eight-year-old child.

Macks’s sister and her boyfriend jumped up and pushed him into the kitchen to get him away from the eight-year-old child who was present during the incident, says the report.

The report states, Macks was still armed with the bat, pushed his sister and her boyfriend towards the kitchen sink.

The report revealed, Macks lunged at his sister’s boyfriend with the bat, and as he did, the boyfriend retrieved a kitchen knife from the counter and struck Macks one with it.

Marks's sister and her paramour pushed Macks down the hallway away from the child, says the report.

Macks then struck his sister paramour in the head with the bat causing both of them to fall to the ground, says the report.

The report states, Marks's sister informed him she was going to call law enforcement and then assisted her significant other from the floor and they fled the home with the child to the residence next door.

The report states, once deputies arrived on the scene and made contact with Macks’s sister and her paramour, they observed injuries on her boyfriend.

The report says, the paramour was walking with a limp and had small lacerations on his left shoulder, large contusions to the left side of his head behind his ear and a small laceration on his left palm.

Deputies also observed injuries on Macks’s sister which included a long, light red mark on the right side on her head, bruising to her interior, upper left arm and a light red mark on the top of her arm, says the report.

The report states, once they entered the residence they found Macks laying on his back in the hallway. When EMS personnel arrived, the report says they unsuccessfully treated Macks and he was pronounced decease on 8:27 p.m.

According to the report, when deputies initially located Macks, they observed a red aluminum bat laying between his legs, with the handle up near his waist.

The bat was moved by EMS, says the report in attempt to treat Macks of his injuries.

The reported reveal Macks had a puncture wound under his ribs and a laceration on his back. Mac also has small lacerations on his knuckles and his right hand was covered in a sticky black substance consistent with the wrapping on the aluminum bat, says the report.

According to the report, deputies located the knife on the patio just outside the door going out into the hallway where Macks was lying.

The investigating revealed, Macks sent multiple text messages to his mother on October 7, two days before the incident.

According to the report, Macks was angry about the power bill and in one message he stated “bloods gonna be shed today there.”

In another message, the report says, Macks told his mother “you need to tell [ my sister] that he [his sister’s boyfriend] better be gone by the time I get there I’m going to drag him outside and if she interfered or calls the cops I’m putting my hands on her too.”

The report states on October 11, Dr. Timothy Gallagher performed autopsy on Macks and determined that the cause of death was a stab wound to his right torso. The wound path entered the abdominal cavity and penetrated the liver stopping near the lower portion of the heart, says the report.

According to the report, Mackss’ wound was consistent with the knife that was recovered from the scene.

The report states based on the applicable law, the paramour was justified in using deadly force in that he reasonably believed that such force was necessary to prevent imminent death of great bodily harm to himself and the other occupants of the home and to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.

The report revealed the paramour had no duty to retreat and had a right to stand his ground,

The State Attorney’s Office stated in the report, the use of deadly force by the paramour which caused the death of James Macks was reasonable and justified under Florida law and no criminal charges should be filed.


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