Okla. man charged with murder in stabbing death of 17-year-old Pizza Hut co-worker

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Crime scene tapeIn Bristow, Okla., a 21-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after being accused of stabbing a teenage Pizza Hut co-worker before dumping him under a bridge, leaving him to die.

The man, Dakota Joe Spainhower, was charged in the July 18 death of 17-year-old Devin Bliss Lundberg, court records show, according to the Tulsa World newspaper. Authorities said Spainhower apparently had asked Lundberg for a ride home from the Pizza Hut about 10 p.m. When they got to his home, Spainhower told police, Lundberg attempted to stab him and demanded money.

Dakota Joe Spainhower

A probable cause affidavit cited by the World says Spainhower told investigators the two struggled and that Spainhower grabbed the knife away. Its blade broke in the struggle, and Spainhower retaliated by stabbing Lundberg in the chest and neck with the broken blade about five times.

The restaurant’s owner told KWTV there’d been no indication of problems between the two of them; the station didn’t identify the owner.

* Yum has 43,000 KFCs, Pizza Huts and Taco Bells in nearly 140 countries; Papa John’s has 4,900 in 37 countries, and Texas Roadhouse has 485 restaurants in five countries. With that many locations, crimes inevitably will occur — with potentially serious legal consequences for the companies.

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