33-year-old defendant Dominic Bility is facing murder charge after gruesomely piecing victim Franklin Tarlue’s neck to death with a knife on 3 March following series of fist fights that centered on alleged power and loud music quarrel in Johannson community along the UN Drive down the Water Side General Market. The victim and suspect Bility were neighbors in the community prior to the incident.
According to police investigative findings that accompanied defendant Bility to court before being taken to the Monrovia Central Prison on Thursday, 10 March, he was a commercial motorcyclist, while the man he allegedly killed, victim Tarlue was a private security personnel working with Prosecon Security Guard.
Dozens of people converged at the premises of the Monrovia City Court Thursday when defendant Bility appeared in court. Riot police were deployed immediately on the court’s premises before he was whisked away to the Monrovia Central Prison or South Beach.
Investigators say they established that the two men were always at loggerhead over playing of loud music from suspect Bility’s room daily; and that argument ensued between them due to victim Tarlue’s expression that suspect Bility would no longer play loud music because he no longer had power.
Police say defendant Bility stabbed victim Tarlue in his neck with knife when the victim was about to enter witness Princess Pennoh’s room. Prior to stabbing the victim which resulted to his death, police say both men had an initial fist fight after which Tarlue complained of sustaining injury on his ear, while defendant Bility said he was injured on his eyebrow.
After a few minutes, police say the men went in a second fight during which witness Princess saw defendant Bility armed with a piece of mirror while victim Tarlue was also armed with a hammer … to scare each other.
In that fight police quote witness Princess as saying both [the] defendant and victim jumped into a fight and both objects or weapons dropped from their hands, as they complained of wounds. According to the police, the suspect draw conclusion that victim Tarlue had incited the current owner to take legal action against him (Bility), and mocked him when his motorcycle was stolen.
“According to him, the victim was inciting the current owner to take action against him for causing problem on the powerline,” the police charge sheet said of defendant Bility.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne