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Man accused of stabbing house guest

By Ed Brock

A College Park man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a guest at his house.

Police say Romel Renath Webb, 26, of Old Mill Court stabbed 24-year-old James McMurtry of Annapolis, Md. in the neck during an argument around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. McMurtry had come with another man, 24-year-old Jared Session, and 24-year-old Laura Tucker, the sister of Webb's wife 27-year-old Paula Tucker, because Laura Tucker was visiting her sister. They had been staying at Webb's house since Sunday, Clayton County Police Captain Jeff Turner said.

"(Webb and McMurtry) were bickering and going at each other since Sunday," Turner said.

On Tuesday night McMurtry and Session were downstairs watching television and Webb and the two sisters were upstairs. McMurtry called Laura Tucker downstairs and then told her to bring him a drink from upstairs.

Laura Tucker told police that she told McMurtry "Get it yourself," then went back upstairs. McMurtry yelled upstairs again to ask Laura Tucker to bring him a drink, at which time Webb took off his coat, said "I'll talk to him," and went downstairs.

Session told police that Webb walked in front of McMurtry and said "What are you looking at me like that for," then went into the kitchen. McMurtry told Webb that he wasn't looking at him, at which point Webb came back into the room, stood in front of McMurtry and hit him on the shoulder.

McMurtry stood up and said an expletive and Webb then stabbed him in the throat with a small steak knife. McMurtry ran outside and collapsed in the yard where he died.

When Paula Tucker came down and asked Webb what had happened he told her "I'm sorry, I overreacted and I'm sorry," according to the police incident report.