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SD man, awakened by 'screaming and someone knocking on his door,' arrested in fatal stabbing

Anthony Lewis, 49, of Mitchell, S.D., was arrested after a fatal stabbing Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

MITCHELL, S.D. — A 49-year-old Mitchell man was arrested after police say he stabbed and killed a man early Tuesday, Aug. 22, outside of a Mitchell apartment complex.

Anthony Lewis has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after he allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old male four times. After authorities arrived on scene, the victim was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell and was later declared dead. The victim’s name has not been released by authorities.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received the call at 2:44 a.m., and responding officers found an adult male on the ground bleeding from several “apparent stab wounds,” according to a press release.

Authorities said Lewis was awoken “by screaming and someone knocking on his door.” Lewis then picked up a knife from inside his apartment and went outside to confront the male subject, according the Mitchell Department of Public Safety.

“Lewis allegedly stabbed the 30-year-old male subject approximately three times in the back and one time on the male’s front torso with the knife that Lewis brought with him,” the press release states.

Lt. Det. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division, said the victim and Lewis knew each other and “they mutually disliked each other.” Police are seeking information about people coming or going from the apartment, or any activity around the time of the alleged stabbing.

On Tuesday afternoon, Lewis appeared in court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.

Wearing a blue jumpsuit while handcuffed and his feet in shackles, Lewis appeared before Judge Chris Giles, who set bond at $500,000 and told Lewis his state-appointed attorney would be meeting with him soon. Giles told Lewis, “You may be a danger.”

“Bond can be revisited with the assistance of your attorney,” Giles said. “But for now, they indicate you have a significant history and my concern is you have not been here a long time.”

Lewis only said he has lived at the since June and that he is “on disability.”

First-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony, punishable upon conviction by life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.