BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Baltimore City man is accused of stabbing a man to death because he refused to get out of his backyard.

Police say 56-year-old Michael Elliott murdered 31-year-old Robert Morris late Tuesday night at his home on E. Coldspring Lane after an argument escalated and turned deadly.

They say Elliott stabbed Morris repeatedly with a steak knife in the neck and torso. The victim then fled the alley behind the suspect’s home, walked and stumbled to the 500-block of Willow Avenue, where he collapsed in the street.

Officers were called to Old York Road and Willow Avenue around 10:42 p.m. for a report of a cutting. They found Morris suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to charging documents, when officers arrived to Elliott’s home, he was standing in his backyard with the suspected murder weapon in his hands, screaming “Here is the knife, I am in my yard. I told him to get out of my [expletive] yard.”

Elliott was ordered to drop the knife and taken into custody. Prior to leaving the crime scene, charging documents reveal he was heard saying “The [expletive] came into my yard. The [expletive] got dealt with in my yard.” He also told an officer “I should have just beat him up, but I had my tools in my hand.”

Elliott is charged with murder and is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

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