Columbus murder suspect claiming self defense

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  When officers arrived at this South Columbus home early Sunday morning, they found the body of 24-year-old Rajneesh McPherson lying lifeless in the front yard. He had been stabbed six times in the head, ribs, shoulder and back.

Witnesses quickly identified 44-year-old Gregory Houston as the suspect and he was taken into custody at the scene.

Earlier in the night, Columbus detectives say the men's girlfriends had gotten into an argument over sleeping arrangements for children that were staying in the Farwell Drive home, not far off Buena Vista Road.

Their boyfriends got involved and a verbal argument turned physical in the kitchen. That's when investigators say Houston grabbed a steak knife from the counter and started stabbing McPherson. One wound to the side of his head went into his skull.

When he was interrogated by police, Houston said he used the knife in self defense because he thought McPherson was going to punch him.

Investigators say Houston admitted to them he stabbed the victim three times during the fight.

Detectives testified a 10 and 11-year-old boy witnessed the brutal crime. One child told police the victim, his uncle, had turned to leave when he was stabbed.

Detectives also told the judge the men have a long history of arguing and not getting along and that both had been drinking at the time of the murder.

Gregory Houston is being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond on the murder charge.

His case has been bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court.

Police say the children who witnessed the stabbing are staying with family members.

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