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November 1, 2018 10:00 am

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations

DEPUTIES RESPOND TO TWO STABBING INCIDENTS – ONE FATAL

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies responded to two separate altercations involving knives Wednesday night – a fatal stabbing in Osteen and a stabbing in Deltona where the victim survived his injuries.

The first incident happened around 7 p.m. at 1570 Copperfield Ave., Deltona, where an ongoing dispute between next-door neighbors culminated in an altercation in the front yard. The defendant, 52-year-old Kwame Kennedy (DOB 5/3/1966), went onto the 51-year-old male victim’s property armed with a large kitchen knife and ended up stabbing the victim multiple times.

The victim had stab wounds to his hips, chest, scapula and neck and was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where he was stabilized and underwent successful surgery for his injuries.

Kennedy was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was released early Thursday after posting $15,000 bail.

About three hours later, around 10 p.m., another report of a stabbing came in at 360 Enterprise Osteen Road in Osteen. Deputies arrived to find 43-year-old Joshua Rogers unresponsive with stab wounds to his torso. A deputy performed CPR until EMS arrived, and Rogers was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where he was pronounced deceased.

The person who stabbed Rogers, 49-year-old Donald Blanton Jr., remained on scene and told detectives that Rogers had attacked him and he stabbed Rogers in self-defense.

Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate the case, and no charges have been filed at this time.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151

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