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Indiana teen says 'it wasn't a fight' after fight with roommate. Then he died from stab wounds, police say

indiana teen says he was talking to suspect before dying from stab wounds from roommate
Source: Columbus Police Department, Mega

Jun. 9 2021, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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A 19-year-old man in Indiana told police “it wasn’t a fight” when he got stabbed by his roommate. Hours later, he was dead.

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Around 6 a.m. June 1, police arrived at the apartment of Eric Cavanaugh, 19 and he told police his roommate, Daniel J. Denny, 19, had stabbed him, but “it wasn’t a fight” and he “was talking to him,” referring to Denny, officials said.

The Republic reported Cavanaugh was pronounced dead around 7 a.m. at Columbus Regional Hospital.

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An autopsy was conducted on Cavanaugh and it revealed he died of multiple sharp force injuries to his chest and back, thought to be from a chef’s knife, police said.

His death was ruled to be a homicide, authorities said.

Court records state police asked Denny and two other roommates who stabbed Cavanaugh and Denny raised his hand and said, “It was me.”

Denny was charged with a felony murder charge and is incarcerated without bond, police said.

According to Denny’s mother, he has been hospitalized for mental health issues eight times since 2019.

The last time she heard from Denny was in March and she did not know where he was living or had any contact with him since that time, officials said.


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