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Police: Teen fatally stabs mom's ex-boyfriend

(KATV) A man stabbed to death in Little Rock early Thursday morning; police say the killer is a 15-year old girl, who says she was acting in defense of her mother. The stabbing happened at a home on Labette drive.

A man has been stabbed to death; police say the suspect is a 15-year old girl. The man was killed early Thursday morning at a Little Rock home on Labette Drive.

There is another victim. The mother of the 15 year old was allegedly being physically assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, 44-year old Darrell Winfrey. The teenager told police she just wanted to scare him so he'd leave her mom alone; whether she is also a victim will be up to the prosecuting attorney.

The crime scene tape has been removed and the teen girl's family has returned to the home they once shared with the now deceased man.

When police arrived after midnight Thursday morning, they noticed a bloody shirt lying in the yard and tracked blood from the pavement to the door.

Witnesses told police the woman was pulled from the home by Darrell Winfrey who she broke up with a day earlier. He reportedly threw her in the yard and started punching and slapping her.

Lt. Terry Hastings says, "She was physically injured, from the assault."

The girl told police she grabbed a knife and went outside only to scare Winfrey so he'd stop hurting her mom. Lt. Hastings adds, "But that didn't work and that's when she stabbed him."

Winfrey was stabbed in the neck and was transported less than a mile to Baptist Hospital. "He died a short time later," Lt. Hastings says.

Officers were able to recover the red kitchen knife next to a bathroom sink, still coated in blood. Hastings says the family has a history of domestic violence. "She came to the rescue of her mother and that was a very noble thing to do but she's going to be facing the fact that she did kill somebody."

Three kids were inside the house.

The 15 year old girl has not been arrested. Police have not handed their findings over to the Prosecuting Attorney's office for them to make the decision on whether to charge her.

Little Rock police only have access to their city records. Lt. Hastings says in the city, Winfrey has been arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor, public intoxication and possession of drugs.

The girl has not been identified because of her age.