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Galena, Mo.- A man from Kimberling City has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection to the stabbing death of an elderly man who lived in the same apartment complex.
Court documents say that Arthur "Art" Dee Lange, 60, called 911 around 8:30 a.m. to report that he had been stabbed a few hours earlier. When first responders arrived on the scene, they found Lange lying in front of an apartment with multiple stab wounds. “At about 11 :30 AM, while officers were still on scene, a person reported that a man appeared to have been killed in unit 210. James Victor "Vic" Martinico was found in unit 210, which is his residence. James was deceased with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.”
Dean Bradley, who lives in unit 203, told investigators that he heard some yelling around 3 a.m. and stepped outside to see what was going on. Bradley said he witnessed Lange dump what he believed was clothing in a dumpster. Lange admitted to Detective Orville Choate that he did throw some clothing and trash in the dumpster that morning.
A search of the dumpsters revealed several items soaked in blood including clothing, towels and other items, according to court documents. On of those items was a blood soaked shirt that had cuts that are consistent with Lange’s injuries.
Kimberling City police officers responded to an assault call between Lange and Martinico on May 23rd, according to the probable cause statement.
Lange, 60, is hospitalized with stab wounds that required emergency surgery. Chief Deputy Tim Gideon says deputies are guarding Lange at the hospital and when he is released he will be held on a one million dollar bond.
Sheriff Doug Rader says the investigation into Martinico’s death is ongoing and “there are several subjects that are being investigated as people of interest. “