Homeless man stabbed to death in the Keys



A fight in the mangroves ended with one man stabbed to death and another in jail on Thursday.

The two men were staying in a homeless encampment set up on the bay side at mile marker 47 in Marathon. The victim, who police have not identified, was stabbed multiple times with a fillet knife.

The fight happened at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. When Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Garrett Test arrived at the camp, he found a female witness “screaming hysterically,” said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

The witness told Garrett and Deputy Chuck Kellenberger that 59-year-old Timothy Howard was the killer.

The witness told the deputies the two men fought over a missing bag, and that’s when Howard stabbed the victim, Herrin said.

The witness said she heard the victim say “you didn’t have to stab me five times” and saw him push away from Howard and fall into the water at the shoreline.

The victim then reportedly picked up his bicycle and left the encampment. Howard told the witness the victim “would be dead by the time he reaches the Mobile gas station.”

Deputies found the man’s body at the edge of the wooded area, on top of his bike.

Howard was found still in the encampment. The knife, a six inch long filet type knife, was found nearby. He was taken into custody, treated for minor injuries to his elbow and shoulder. He was arrested on a murder charge.

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