Friday, August 2, 2013

Marion man dead after alleged stabbing

Marion Police Chief Ray O'Neal cordons off part of a crime scene
Thursday afternoon following a reported assault on West Depot
Street that turned deadly.
A Marion man has died after a fatal stabbing, allegedly at the hands of his brother.

According to Kentucky State Police, Almanzo Vasseur, 29, died Thursday at Crittenden Health Systems after being stabbed multiple times during an assault that reportedly began just before 2 p.m. inside the West Depot Street residence of Vasseur and the accused killer, Britt Deckert, 26. A woman, Phyllis Vasseur, 41, was also injured in the incident.

The assault is said to have started as an argument between the brothers at 316 W. Depot St. State police report the incident escalated and Deckert attacked Almanzo Vasseur, a former City of Marion employee, with more than one knife. Police also say Phyllis Vasseur was assaulted with a knife by Deckert as she attempted to break up the fight. A 13-year-old girl at the home during the time of the fight escaped without harm.

Authorities allege that Deckert gave chase to the Vasseurs and the juvenile after they exited the residence out a back door. Phyllis Vasseur and the juvenile escaped, running to a neighbor's house to call for help. Deckert reportedly assaulted his brother with the weapon again while outside. Almanzo Vasseur was said to have made it to a neighbor's house across the street before collapsing on the front porch.

Once on the scene, authorities with the state police, Marion Police Department and Crittenden County Sheriff's Department were reportedly able to apprehend Deckert in the front yard of his home without incident.

Almanzo Vasseur was transported to the hospital in Marion for treatment of multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the facility. Phyllis Vasseur was also transported to the hospital and treated for injuries to her head, hand and arms. She was later released.

Deckert was charged with murder, assault, and wanton endangerment and was lodged in Crittenden County Detention Center.

An autopsy on Vasseur was scheduled for this morning in Madisonville.