Cantonment Man Held In Stabbing Death

September 25, 2016

A Cantonment man is being held in connection with a stabbing death in Freeport.

Jefferson Charles Michael Helton, age 26 of Rose Petal Lane, was apprehended Friday afternoon after fleeing the scene on foot.

Helton and the victim, identified as 26-year old Sandy James Berlin of Alabama, were involved in an altercation on LaGranage Road in Freeport just after 12:00 a.m. Friday morning. Berlin was stabbed several times in the chest. He was transported to an area hospital where he died Saturday.

Helton was captured Friday with help of a Good Samaritan. He was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the altercation with the victim. He then fled the scene on foot.

Helton approached a nearby residence asking for cigarettes and water. The Good Samaritan, recognizing he was probably the suspect, acted like he was going to take him the store and drove him right to a nearby deputy.

“We certainly don’t encourage any resident approach a suspect,” said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “But, we appreciate his help. The situation ended as well as it could have.”

Charges related to the stabbing against Helton are still pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in the Walton County Jail without bond on a violation of probation warrant for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon from Escambia County.

Pictured: Stabbing suspect Jefferson Charles Michael Helton of Cantonment is taken into custody. Pictured below: The scene of the stabbing in Freeport. Photos for, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Cantonment Man Held In Stabbing Death”

  1. 429SCJ on September 27th, 2016 9:19 am

    Physical human combat is a dangerous thing, sometimes people simply get killed.

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