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Murder victim name confirmed as suspect quizzing continues
5:27pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
DETECTIVES are staying tight-lipped over the circumstances leading to the fatal stabbing of a Halesowen father during a fight at a semi-detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac.
David Carpenter, who was in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the property in Graham Road on Sunday evening, despite efforts by ambulance staff to revive him.
Police, who were called to a disturbance at about 9pm, said there had been a fight and the door of the property had been forced open.
A 49-year-old man from the house was arrested and remains in custody on suspicion of murder.
Another man, aged 28, who was also arrested at the scene, on suspicion of using violence to secure entry to the premises, has been released on bail.
Detective chief inspector Wayne Jones, from the force criminal investigation department, said: “A man has lost his life in what appears to be an argument amongst people known to one another at the home of one of the men.”
Police sealed off the house and carried out extensive forensic work in a bid to piece together exactly what happened.
A shocked neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said her son had attended nursery with the daughter of Mr Carpenter and his wife, and she was now aged around 13.
She said her husband heard banging on Sunday and shortly afterwards police and ambulances descended on the scene.
The neighbour saw a man with blood down the back of his T-shirt being led away in handcuffs. On a previous occasion, she had seen the same man helping Mr Carpenter’s wife take shopping from her car into the house.
Officers patrolled the area on Monday to provide reassurance to concerned residents.
DCI Jones added: “We urge anyone who knows anything that may help our investigation to come forward at their earliest opportunity.”
Anyone with information should call Force CID at Bloxwich on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.