Transient charged with stabbing man to death at restaurant
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.
The Ventura County district attorney’s office says 49-year-old Jamal Jackson was charged Friday with first-degree murder. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Anthony Mele and his wife were eating dinner with their daughter Wednesday night at Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura.
The girl was sitting in her father’s lap when prosecutors say Jackson walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck.
Jackson says patrons and a restaurant employee followed Jackson until he was arrested. Mele died at a hospital.