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Charles Smith charged in stabbing death of Javier Bautista

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Charles Smith

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — 30-year-old Charles Smith of Milwaukee has been charged with first degree intentional homicide (use of a dangerous weapon) in the stabbing death of Javier Bautista.

Charles Smith

Charles Smith

A criminal complaint in the case says Bautista’s body was discovered in the 1500 block of E. Oklahoma Avenue.

The criminal complaint says a party was being held in the area, during which Bautista and Smith got into an altercation. Witnesses said Smith was armed with a large knife, and repeatedly stabbed Bautista during the fight.

The complaint says the stabbing occurred on the front lawn, after which Smith said “He started it,” before placing something in the trunk of his car and fleeing the scene.

A Medical Examiner determined Bautista died as a result of 11 – 14 stab wounds to his body.

Smith was arrested at his home on August 18th — just hours after the stabbing incident.

Javier Bautista’s family has established a funeral fund. Donations can be made at any Tri-City National Bank branch.

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