- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing another man at a Treasure Coast motel.

An Indian River County judge sentenced 40-year-old James Weaver on Monday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Authorities say 27-year-old Daniel Stevens’ body was discovered in his Vero’s Motel room in August 2013. He had seven stab wounds, including a slash to his throat and spine. Evidence led investigators to Weaver, who had been staying in the room next door.

Police found clothing and boots with Stevens’ blood in Weaver’s possession. They also determined that Weaver stole a PlayStation 3 from Stevens and sold it.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers (http://goo.gl/Tgmtye ) reports that detectives found no evidence that the men know each other before the stabbing.


Information from: Press-Journal (Vero Beach, Fla.), http://www.tcpalm.com/vero



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