April 22

A Florida man was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his colleague in a dispute over gumbo seasoning.

Orlando Ricardo Thompson, 27, was found guilty Thursday of Caleb Halley’s 2015 death, according to The Panama City News Herald. For this crime he faces life imprisonment. Thompson will be convicted on May 4th. On June 23, 2015, Thompson and Halley began arguing about how much spice to add to the marmalade they made at Buddy’s Seafood Market. The argument quickly escalated into a physical altercation involving a two-by-four knife and a pocket knife. The couple broke up, but Thompson is accused of starting a fight again, this time with a decorative sword. Halley tried to defend himself with a mop handle, but was stabbed in the stomach. Halley died two days later.

Video surveillance recorded the incident and was used by the prosecution to substantiate their version.

Halley was known in the community for being the main mascot of the University of Florida Osceola from 2004 to 2007.

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