Jefferson Park stabbing

This image was taken from video released by police of the stabbing of a 44-year-old Los Angeles man in Jefferson Park on Dec. 20. (LAPD)

A 44-year-old Los Angeles resident has been charged in the fatal stabbing of a man in Jefferson Park on Dec. 20, officials said.

Michael Allen McGilvery was arrested Friday after he walked into the 77th Street Community Police Station to turn himself in, said LAPD Det. Supervisor Sal LaBarbera.

McGilvery is suspected of stabbing William Jennings, 35, with a knife multiple times in Jefferson Park. Jennings was on his way to the store about 10:15 p.m. when he got into an altercation with McGilvery, LaBarbera said.

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After the stabbing, McGilvery grabbed Jennings’ wallet and fled from the scene, police allege.

“We don’t know what the motive was. It was some sort of dispute,” LaBarbera said. 

Jennings leaves behind a wife and 11-year-old daughter, according to a news release from the LAPD.

After police released surveillance video of the stabbing, people who know McGilvery tried to persuade him to turn himself in.

McGilvery has been charged with one count of murder and one count of second-degree robbery, according to a felony complaint filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday and is being in lieu of $1-million bail.

The police are asking anyone with additional information about the case to call Det. Paul Funicello or Det. Matt Courtney at (213) 485-4341. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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