Man, 53, charged with stabbing friend to death - WKRN News 2

Man, 53, charged with stabbing friend to death

Posted: Updated: Feb 25, 2014 9:00 AM CST
Eric Lawler, 53, is charged in the stabbing death of Demetrish Hillman. Eric Lawler, 53, is charged in the stabbing death of Demetrish Hillman.
Demetrish Hillman, 32, was stabbed in the neck and chest and later died. Demetrish Hillman, 32, was stabbed in the neck and chest and later died.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A 53-year-old man surrendered to police following his friend's stabbing death Monday evening.

Police said Eric Lawler was visiting Demetrish Hillman at his home in the 2600 block of Combs Drive around 5:15 p.m. when the two got into an argument.

Lawler was reportedly in his car when Hillman, 32, threw a brick at the vehicle, damaging the windshield.

Witnesses reported Lawler got out of his car and stabbed Hillman in the neck and chest before fleeing.

Hillman was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.

Lawler was booked into the Metro jail around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday and charged with criminal homicide.

Records show he also had outstanding warrants stemming from an alleged domestic assault against his ex-wife on Saturday.

Lawler showed up to her house and attempted to enter her home. Police say he kicked and punched the door, which was locked. Witnesses also reported he slashed his ex-wife's tires while at the home.

He now faces domestic assault and vandalism stemming from the incident.

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