Fight over dog bite leads to stabbing death

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A dog bite appears to be at the center of an altercation that left one Barry County man dead on Saturday night.

Perry G. Fennell, 33, of Eagle Rock, died from multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead near the scene of the fight by Barry County Coroner Skip White shortly after 11 p.m. on Sept. 9.

David Keene, 29, of Golden, was arrested the same night and has since been charged with voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. He appeared in Barry County Associate Circuit Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to both charges.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, an argument between Fennell and Keene started earlier on the evening of Sept. 9 when Fennell was visiting the Keene home and Keene's pit bull bit Fennell's 15-year-old stepdaughter.

After the dog bite incident, Fennell left the Keene residence and returned to his home in Chain-O-Lakes Village. Epperly said an argument was instigated over the telephone and then Fennell returned to Keene's residence, which is located near the intersection of Highway 86 and J in Golden.

"An altercation then occurred outside of the suspect's home," said Epperly. "The victim was upset about the dog and pushed the suspect a couple of times and then the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times."

Barry County Deputy Lawrence House was the first to arrive on the scene after dispatch received a call from the victim's wife about the stabbing at around 11:07 p.m.

Keene met House in the driveway of his home and Keene was taken into custody without incident. When Keene was arrested, he was holding the knife he allegedly used to stab Fennell.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in support of the case, Keene said "God forgive me for stabbing him" as he was being placed in handcuffs by Deputy House.

After the stabbing occurred, the victim was placed in his truck and his stepson started to drive to the hospital. When the stepson noticed flashing lights, he turned around and headed back to the scene of the stabbing. It was there that Fennell was pronounced dead by the coroner.

According to Epperly, the crime scene was processed by the Barry County Sheriff's CID Unit.

"The investigation continues," said Epperly.

Keene is currently being held in Barry County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

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