Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:45

Man dies from injuries sustained in stabbing

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A 34-year-old man died this morning from injuries sustained in a Tuesday night stabbing.

According to the Roanoke Rapids Police Department report, the man was identified as Jose Alexis Betancourt.



Betancourt was the boyfriend of the mother of Juan Gilberto Ellis, 19, who will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing, Chief Chuck Hasty confirmed.

The family moved from Richmond to Roanoke Rapids and had only been here for about a week, Hasty said.

Roanoke Rapids police investigators initially charged Ellis with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury Tuesday night following the stabbing.

Betancourt died around 12:30 this morning and investigators have obtained a warrant for involuntary manslaughter. Service of that warrant will be coordinated with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Hasty said.

Ellis was jailed on $50,000 bond and has a first appearance in district court today.

Police received a disturbance call around 6:15 p.m.Tuesday and found the victim with multiple stab wounds in the lower extremities.

The victim was initially transported to Halifax Regional and then flown out.

The nature of the disturbance remains under investigation.

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