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Affidavit: Drunken Jealousy Triggered Deadly Stabbing

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Updated: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:43:38 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Police say drunken jealousy appears to be the driving force of a Mesa County homicide.


Lee McDonald of Grand Junction is facing a charge of first degree murder in the stabbing death of a Florida man early Sunday morning.


According to an arrest affidavit released on Tuesday, police went to the 1200 block of Santa Clara Avenue after getting a 911 call reporting a fight in progress. An officer found McDonald sitting outside a home at 1739 Christopher Court with a large amount of blood dripping off him. McDonald allegedly told police that he had gotten into a fight with a male friend, after finding him in a car with his girlfriend.


During a search of the neighborhood, officers discovered the body of Nicholas Potts in the driveway of 1254 Santa Clara. Potts had been stabbed several times. Police found two knives--a large butcher knife and a serrated steak knife--on the ground close to the victim.


According to the affidavit, McDonald's girlfriend told police that the victim, a friend of theirs, was in town for a visit. The three of them had spent the evening at several bars in downtown Grand Junction.


The girlfriend, who wasn’t identified in the affidavit, said after returning home, McDonald went inside while she and Potts stayed in the car to smoke marijuana. A short time later McDonald came back, acting "angry and jealous," according to the girlfriend, yelling at the pair for being in the car together.


As an argument between McDonald and Potts escalated, two neighbors overheard Potts telling McDonald that he didn’t want to fight him. In the affidavit, one neighbor told police that a person believed to be McDonald went back inside the home and returned holding "something shiny." Authorities say McDonald ultimately stabbed Potts to death following a foot chase.


According to the affidavit, McDonald told police afterwards, "I just wanted him to die."


McDonald will be in Mesa County Court later this month.

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