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'Senseless Loss of Life': Ohio Man Who Killed Coworker Claimed ‘Witch’ Warned Him Victim Would Shoot Him, Authorities Say

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Source: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Oct. 4 2023, Published 11:02 a.m. ET

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An Ohio teenager was fatally stabbed, and his coworker is awaiting trial after claiming he carried out the crime because of a witch, authorities said.

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A person at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Springfield called 911 and asked for an ambulance for the victim, later identified as Paris Dismukes, 32, state court documents obtained by WLWT.

According to the documents, the suspect, 18-year-old Jan Dela-Pe-Tolentino, stabbed his coworker, Dismukes, “multiple times in the neck” because “a witch had told him that the other man was going to shoot him in the head with a gun.”

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Dismukes, reportedly a father of five, died from his injuries at University of Cincinnati West Chester Hospital.

Dela-Pe-Tolentino was arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including murder and possession of drugs, WXIX reported.

He was being held on $500,000 bond.

In a statement, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse parent company BSB Group International called the fatal stabbing a “senseless loss of life.”


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