Double homicide caught on doorbell camera in New Jersey. Suspect accused of murder.

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Source: Bergen County Prosecutor, MEGA

Aug. 27 2021, Published 8:13 p.m. ET

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A man has been charged with stabbing two people in Hackensack, New Jersey, and officials say one of the killings was filmed by a doorbell camera.

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A doorbell camera caught video and audio of the suspect repeatedly stabbing a woman outside her home, The Daily Voice reported.

Police say Clarence S. Stokes, 42, came to see the victims, Stanley Gunter, 67, and Latrice Avery, 44, on Aug. 25 to discuss living in a room in their home, according to The Daily Voice.

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An argument over what the terms of his stay led to the stabbings, an investigator told The Daily Voice.

Police who were responding to a 911 call arrested Stokes after they found him “walking down the street with blood on his clothing,” according to a press release from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

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Authorities found Avery, who’d been stabbed repeatedly, on the porch of her home with multiple stab wounds, the police report stated.

She was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to The Daily Voice.

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The body of her fiancé, Stanley Gunter, was on the living room floor of the home, according to prosecutors. He was stabbed in the torso and was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said.

Stokes has a criminal past that has included prison time, Daily Voice reported. Records obtained by The Daily Voice show convictions dating back nearly 20 years for burglary, drug possession and criminal sexual contact.

In this week's case, Stokes was charged with two counts each of murder and weapons possession and is being held in the Bergen County Jail, according to prosecutors.

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