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Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley : Quarrel Ends in Stabbing Death

A 29-year-old woman stabbed and killed a younger, distant relative Monday in a dispute about a how much money she owed him for baby-sitting, authorities said.

Toriano Jackson, 24, of Lancaster went to the Lancaster home of Sherrel Crayton to collect what he claimed was a $25 debt, said Lt. Derry Benedict of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The two quarreled in the street, Benedict said, and Crayton allegedly stabbed Jackson in the chest with a steak knife. Jackson was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m. at Lancaster Community Hospital, Benedict said.

Sheriff’s deputies said they were not sure how the two were related, but said the two had family members in common.

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Crayton is being held on charges of first-degree murder, said Sgt. Gary Miller.


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