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One Dead, One Arrested after Motel Stabbing

John Gibson

Dewayne Whitney Jr. is accused of killing Esquire Inn employee Christopher Samples, 51

One man is dead and another is in jail after a fatal stabbing at an Evansville motel. WNIN’s John Gibson has the story:  

First responders were dispatched to the Esquire Inn on Fares Avenue Saturday evening.

They found a motel employee, 51-year-old Christopher Samples, had been stabbed.  

He was taken to Deaconess Midtown Hospital, where he died at about 7 p.m.  

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office says Samples died from a stab wound and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Dewayne Whitney Jr. has been charged with Samples’ murder.

Police say Whitney and his girlfriend said Samples had tried to sexually assault her.

The girlfriend told investigators that Whitney came to the motel to confront Samples.

Police said surveillance video showed Whitney punching and breaking a plexiglass window in the motel lobby and then trying to get behind the counter.

Officers said Samples tried to stop Whitney but Whitney pushed him against a wall, they struggled, and blood was then seen on Samples.

Whitney is being held without bond at the Vanderburgh County jail.