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Bloomington man stabbed to death; one suspect in custody (Video)

By ErinPradia
Jan. 7, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2012 at 7:07 p.m.

The altercation that led to the stabbing death of Billy Jack Baladez took place in the road between these two mobile homes in Bloomington early Saturday morning.

A verbal argument between two Bloomington men escalated into a knife fight early Saturday morning and ended with one dead and the other accused of murder.

A neighbor called for an ambulance as residents at the scene tried to keep the wounded man alive at 1:09 a.m. But the victim - later identified as Billy Jack Baladez, 21, of Bloomington - did not survive.

Baladez had been arguing with another man over a Bloomington woman when he was stabbed four times and cut open, said his cousin, Barnabas Baladez, 39, of Bloomington. The fight occurred outside in the 100 block of Shepley Street.

When deputies arrived, they found Baladez with chest lacerations, according to their official report.

Witnesses told deputies they saw two men fighting in the road. Baladez collapsed in a pool of his own blood, and the other man fled the scene with a knife, telling the witnesses not to say anything.

Fabian Lee "Pilar" Garcia, 22, of Bloomington, was arrested by deputies at his home in the 400 block of North Nueces Street at 4:53 a.m. He has been charged with felony murder in the first degree.

Deputies are still interviewing witnesses and other people involved, said Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor.

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