Suspect indicted in fatal South Lubbock stabbing

The Lubbock County Courthouse.
The Lubbock County Courthouse.

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in South Lubbock was indicted Tuesday by a Lubbock County Grand Jury.

Reginald Fountain is charged with murder, which carries a punishment of five years to life in prison.

His charge stems from a Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit investigation that began after Lubbock police responding to a disturbance at an apartment complex in the 6500 block of Avenue T.

Responding officers found a man, later identified as 43-year-old Mario Garza, Jr., suffering from multiple stab wounds in an apartment unit. Garza died at the scene, according to an arrest warrant.

A witness told police he saw Fountain, whom he only knew as "Reginald," fighting with Garza. The witness told investigators Reginald was armed with a large knife. Moments later, he reportedly heard Garza say he'd been stabbed.

The warrant did not disclose what the men fought about.

The witness said he saw Reginald exit the residence and enter his vehicle before driving it north on Avenue T.

Another witness told investigators he had seen Fountain, whom he knew as "Reggie" at the apartment the past several days looking for drugs, the warrant states. He said he heard a door slam and saw Fountain running toward his truck.

Investigators showed both witnesses a picture of Fountain from his driver's license and both men identified Fountain as the suspect.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Fountain who was found in the 1500 block of 29th Street.

He was arrested without incident and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center where he remains. His bond is set at $400,000.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Suspect indicted in fatal South Lubbock stabbing