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Argument During Yahtzee Leads To Stabbing Death

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Mark Kelvin Allen

YBOR CITY - A night of Yahtzee ended with a fatal stabbing Saturday.

Mark Kelvin Allen, 49, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder Saturday night.

According to Tampa police, Allen got into an argument with Reuben Barnett and stabbed him twice in the abdomen. Barnett, 49, died at Tampa General Hospital.

The fight broke out about 7:30 p.m. at an east Tampa residence at 3607 Avenida Republica de Cuba. Police said Allen had been playing Yahtzee with Barnett’s girlfriend when an argument started. The woman went into a bedroom where her boyfriend was and closed the door. Allen kicked the door off its hinges, and the men fought, according to a police report.

Allen later told police he stabbed Barnett, the report states.  He was being held in the Falkenburg Road jail Sunday without bail.


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