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Police: Man arrested in stabbing death at Gainesville apartments

Timothy Cooper faces charge of first-degree murder

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A man was arrested after another man was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in southwest Gainesville, police said.

Timothy Cooper, 23, is charged with first-degree murder. 

Officers were called just after 3:30 p.m. to Southern Pines Apartments on Southwest 17th Place. 

The Gainesville Police Department said an altercation between two men turned violent when one of the men stabbed the other inside an apartment unit. 

Leonard Roddy, 61, died at the scene, police said.

Police said the other man, whom they identified as Cooper, was taken into custody and later arrested. 

According to detectives, Cooper lives at the apartment complex, and Roddy had been staying in Cooper's unit for the last several days. 

The Police Department continues to investigate.


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