Teen arrested in fatal Colorado Springs stabbing

October 14, 2013 Updated: October 15, 2013 at 7:57 am
photo - Avery James Jackson, 17
Avery James Jackson, 17 

A teenager suspected of stabbing a 34-year-old Colorado Springs man to death early Monday morning was arrested later that evening by police.

Avery James Jackson, 17, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death at a home at 114 N. Chelton Road. The victim's name has not been released.

According to police, the victim was stabbed several times during an apparent family disturbance shortly before 2 a.m. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

Neighbors who did not want to be identified said there had been frequent fighting recently at the home where the stabbing occurred.

Melisiekay Williams, whose mother lives at 106 N. Chelton Road, was visiting Monday morning and said the people living at 114 N. Chelton had lived in the home for a few months. Williams heard about the stabbing on morning news broadcasts.

"I woke up and saw my mom's house on the news and I freaked," said Williams, who grew up in the neighborhood.

The rental house at 114 N. Chelton is owned by Colfin AI-CO 1, LLC, according to the El Paso County Assessor's Office.

The Colorado Springs Business Journal reported earlier in 2013 that Colony American Homes had purchased foreclosed properties in the area under that name. Assessor's records show that the house went through foreclosure in May.

Chelton Road was closed in the area during the early hours of Monday; it reopened by midmorning. Investigators remained at the one-story brick home adorned in Halloween decorations through the morning.

If the El Paso County Coroner's Office rules this death a homicide, it will be the 26th in Colorado Springs this year. That puts the city on pace to surpass the record of 32 homicides in a year, set in 2011.

There were 19 homicides in Colorado Springs at this time in 2012.

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