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April 19, 2014

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2nd Degree Murder Charged In Death Of Man's Roommate

Originally published: 2013-01-03 09:58:29
Last modified: 2013-01-03 10:05:05



A man who allegedly stabbed his roommate to death in November 2011 in Greeneville was indicted Wednesday by a Greene County Grand Jury on a charge of second-degree murder.

Huerman Hernandez Sanchez, 23, formerly of the Crestview Terrace Apartments on Crestview Drive, remains held on $200,000 bond in the Greene County Detention Center.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Greene County Criminal Court.

The victim of the Nov. 9, 2011 stabbing, 20-year-old Francisco Ruiz, lived in the same apartment as Sanchez.

The men had only lived in the apartment several days at the time of the stabbing incident, Greeneville police said.

Sanchez stabbed Ruiz "multiple times, causing his death," the indictment states.

Ruiz and Sanchez got into an argument before Ruiz was stabbed in the torso area, police said.

There were four people in the apartment at the time of the stabbing. The men had apparently been drinking and up all night before the incident occurred, police said.

Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services provided treatment on the scene, and Ruiz was taken to Laughlin Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The argument may have stemmed from one of the men's wanting to go to sleep in the one-bedroom apartment, and the other wanting to stay up, police said.

Both Sanchez and Ruiz are from Mexico.

They worked together at the Asian Express restaurant on East Andrew Johnson Highway.

Sanchez is apparently in the U.S. illegally, and initially gave police a false name, investigators said after the stabbing.

The victim was initially identified by police as Francisco Lopez.

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