A Pine Valley man found stabbed to death was killed using a 3 foot Samurai sword, prosecutors revealed in court Tuesday.
Douglas Kell, 20, is accused of killing Donnie Chip, 28, who was found stabbed to death on Valley View Trail on Jan. 21. During his first appearance in court, Kell pleaded not guilty to a first degree murder charge and a use of a deadly weapon charge.
On Thursday, just before 5:30 p.m., the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said deputies were called to the 8000 block of Valley View Trail after a neighbor reported hearing loud noises and some sort of altercation coming from a nearby home.
When deputies arrived in the area, they discovered the lifeless body of a man, Chip, lying in the yard of a home. Chip had suffered obvious signs of trauma to his torso, investigators said.
Prosecutors say Kell and the 28-year-old acquaintance got into an alcohol fueled argument that turned into a wrestling match. The two of them lived together.
Chip followed Attorneyo the house, then went back outside, where he was attached, said John Cross, San Diego Deputy District Attoreny.
"The victim goes back outside at some point," Cross said. "Inside, the defendant goes into his room and gets a 3-foot Samurai sword. He goes back outside and stabs victim through chest."
Kell could face 26 years to life behind bars.