Florida Man Fatally Stabs Drinking Buddy Over Last Beer

By Shawn Dwyer 05/15/14

Daniel Trent is being held without bond on second-degree murder charges for killing his friend and his friend's dog over the final can of beer.

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That’ll teach him.

Daniel Trent, 38, of Ocala, Fla. has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mark Durham, 56, because the victim refused to share the last can of beer.

“He didn’t want to share it. He wanted it for himself,” Trent said during a jailhouse interview with the Ocala Star-Banner.

On Sunday, the pair split the purchase of a 24-pack of Natural Ice at a local store before returning to Trent’s home at Greenfields Apartments to drink it. They returned to the store to buy another 18-pack and consumed 17 beers before an argument broke out over the last one.

Durham initially claimed the last can as his own, but a fight broke out and Trent tried to kick him out of his home. Trent said that Durham refused and instead went to the kitchen for a knife. Trent managed to wrestle the knife away from Durham, before stabbing him once in the chest and once in the stomach.

“I felt this was self defense because he attacked me,” Trent said. He allegedly suffered a wound on the side of his right index finger.

As he lay dying, Trent claimed that Durham asked him to kill his dog, a brown and white beagle that had been the victim’s long-time companion. Trent obliged and stabbed the dog once in the stomach.

Marion County Sheriffs arrested Trent the following day. He made a court appearance via closed circuit video before Judge Sarah Ritteroff, who ordered him to be held without bond.

“I shouldn’t [have] got out of control,” Trent said. “I should’ve stopped drinking.”

Lesson learned.

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