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West Plains man arrested in connection with stabbing

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Photo / Submitted Michael Taylor Kenyon, 19, of West Plains, Mo., has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Koshkonong on Aug. 25. [Order this photo]
Michael Taylor Kenyon, 19, of West Plains was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 25, after a party in Koshkonong turned violent.

After an investigation, Oregon County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested Michael Taylor Kenyon, 19, of West Plains, Mo., for Assault 1st degree-Serious Physical Injury, for allegedly stabbing Daniel Lara during a fight.

An Oregon County Sherriff's deputy responded to the Koshkonong Flash Market after a report of a male subject being stabbed. Thayer police and a Missouri Highway Partrolman also converged on the market, only to find the victim had been transported to the Ozarks Medical Center in a non-emergency vehicle.

Officers were then directed to the rural residence where the incident occurred.

"We observed the front door open and no one inside. We also immediately observed several blood spots on the ground in front of the house," said responding Oregon County Sheriff's Deputy, Donnie Jeffers. After determining no one was in the home, evidence and crime scene photos were gathered from inside the house, while another investigator interviewed witnesses and the victim at OMC.

The Highway Patrolman took statements from six witnesses at the hospital and the victim, Daniel Lara. Lara said, "I beat [him] the first round. He called me out again and I got him on the ground and he started stabbing me."

Other witnesses stated that Kenyon was at the party and began "mouthing" with Lara, and the two went outside where a fight occurred. Lara won the fight and they went back inside the house, but Kenyon later called Lara outside to fight again. Witnesses said Lara went outside and tackled Kenyon, who then began stabbing Lara over and over. Witnesses say that friends at the party broke up the fight and separated the two. Lara had been stabbed six times and was taken to OMC by friends, while Kenyon fled toward a dirt road on foot.

Kenyon was taken into custody after he too arrived at OMC to be treated for injuries to the face, and was later taken to the West Plains Police Department where an Oregon County Deputy questioned him.

Kenyon stated that he was at a party in Koshkonong when Lara tried to get Kenyon to fight. Kenyon said he initially refused, and when he finally went outside, Lara began to punch him, finally stopping when Kenyon said he "played opossum." Kenyon claimed he asked his ride to take him home and was leaving when Lara came at him again. At that point, Kenyon said he took a knife from his pocket to protect himself, and used it on Lara when he attacked him. Kenyon said he fled on foot when someone else hit him in the face and took the knife away.

After examining the testimonies of witnesses and both parties involved, the Oregon County Sheriff's Department requested a warrant for Kenyon's arrest to insure he would appear in court.

Kenyon is currently being held in the Oregon County Jail awaiting his court date. His bond has been set at $50,000.

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