UPDATE: Curry St. fatal stabbing suspect arrested

Warrant issued for Curry St. fatal stabbing suspect
Warrant issued for Curry St. fatal stabbing suspect(Source: Columbus Police Dept.)
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department made an arrest in the fatal stabbing on Curry St.

On October 3, Columbus police responded to Curry Street and Braselman Avenue concerning a female lying on the ground. Upon arrival, officers located 45-year-old Salaysia Duerner suffering from stab wounds. Emergency Medical Services arrived and could not resuscitate her.

Duerner was pronounced dead at 11:10 p.m.

On October 4, The Columbus Police Department Homicide Unit established probable cause and issued a murder warrant for 36-year-old Antoine Dante Bell.

On October 5, the Special Operations Unit arrested Bell on his warrants.

Bell waived his rights to appear in court, however, there was a summation hearing.

According to the court, the victim and Bell have had several domestic abuse calls to the police. Investigators indicated that Duerner’s body was several feet from the residence the police were called to - indicating that the victim ran from the scene to try to escape the fatal stab wounds collapsing and dying in the street.

The investigators say that upon arrival, they spoke with two male relatives who were eye witnesses of the fatal stabbing. The witnesses said Bell and Duerner had a long standing “toxic” relationship.

The investigators discovered that the murder weapon was a pair of scissors.

The investigators also said there were surveillance cameras in the area that show the suspect leaving the scene on foot and then catching a ride away from the scene. The investigation further states that Bell was interviewed a couple of days ago.

During the interview, he admitted stabbing the victim, Duerner.

Based on the evidence, the case will be bound over to Superior Court.

Bell currently has no bond, no contact with the relatives and a mental health evaluation scheduled.

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