MPD Files Charge in Stabbing Death

Meridian police are investigating the death of a man who was found in a yard in the 1900 block of 20th Avenue Sunday. It was reported through a 911 call about 9 a.m.

Police say an autopsy confirmed 50-year-old Joe Cecil Blanks of Meridian suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper chest and abdomen, one of which struck the heart.

Monday, the MPD said Jerome Williams, 37, has been charged with manslaughter in Blanks' death. Williams had turned himself in Sunday, several hours after Blanks was found. Williams' bond was set at $100,000.

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