Bail set at $2M for man accused in Oceanside fatal stabbing

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VISTA, Calif. — A man accused in the fatal stabbing of a man in Oceanside Friday night appeared before a judge Wednesday.

“In light of the facts in this case, your honor, we’re asking the court to set bail at $2 million,” said San Diego Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza.

During his arraignment, 34-year-old David Anthony Strouth stared blankly through the glass window, with bandages around his neck and injuries to his face. Strouth is accused of stabbing 49-year-old Bradley Garner to death.

According to prosecutors, the babysitter hired to care for the victim’s two children Friday night in Oceanside says Strouth approached her.

“The babysitter noticed the defendant had blood on clothing and he made a statement, I slayed the beast,” Espinoza said.

Frightened, she ran to call for help and as she left, prosecutors say she saw the victim Bradley Garner on the floor of the garage in a pool of blood. Kneeling over him was David Strouth. Garner died that night from stab wounds to his chest and neck.

“It doesn’t surprise me that it would happen – especially this house,” said a neighbor Friday night. “They’d be fighting on the street sometimes.”

Neighbors on Friday say they weren’t surprised. They say the two military veterans who met just weeks before would often argue.

Oceanside police say neighbors armed themselves with a knife and a handgun and went into the home to get the children and then held Strouth until police arrived.

“When law enforcement arrived at the scene they took Mr. Strouth into custody and he was making statements like ‘kill me’ and ‘put me out of my misery,’” said Deputy District Attorney Espinoza.

The babysitter and the children, ages two and four, were not injured.

Strouth is being held on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to appear in court May 7.

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