New details emerged in court this morning about Sunday's fatal stabbing in Columbus.
Gregory Lee Houston, 44, has been charged in connection with the stabbing death of Rajneesh McPherson at 1046 Farwell Drive. During his Columbus Recorder's Court hearing today at 8 a.m., Columbus police said McPherson was stabbed six times and that two children, ages 10 and 11, were present during the stabbing.
Detectives also testified that the argument between McPherson and Houston began over sleeping arrangements. The row escalated in the kitchen, where the stabbing took place, the detective said.
“(McPherson) wanted to go to bed, but there were some children in his room and he wanted them out of there,” Columbus Police Lt. Steve Cox told the Ledger Sunday.
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Houston lives at the Farwell Drive address with his girlfriend -- who is also McPherson's sister -- and her two children.
Police say Houston used a serrated kitchen knife to stab McPherson in the skull, ribs shoulder and back. Emergency responders found McPherson laying in the front yard after a 911 call was placed. The victim was transported to The Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival at 12:55 a.m.
Houston was arrested at the Farwell Drive residence and faces charges of murder, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and two counts of third-degree cruelty to children.
When authorities arrested Houston early Sunday they noticed that the left knee of his jeans and his shoes were stained with blood, police testified in court.
Police also said Houston admitted during a taped interview at the Columbus Public Safety Center to stabbing McPherson three times in self defense and that he and the victim had a history of problems, with at least one of their arguments coming to blows.
It was also revealed in court that the two men had been under the influence of alcohol during the altercation.
The two children who witnessed the stabbing are in the custody of their mother, police said.
Cielinski ordered Houston to be held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond. His case was bound over to Superior Court.