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Deputies: Botched drug deal prompted Palm Harbor stabbing


Published:   |   Updated: February 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

A botched drug deal sparked a confrontation that resulted in an 18-year-old Pasco County man being charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Palm Harbor man early this morning.

Pinellas County deputies say James Jennings, of Holiday, stabbed 20-year-old Francisco Antonio Caraffa multiple times at Caraffa's apartment at 2350 Cypress Pond Road, Unit 1116.

According to deputies, the incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. when Caraffa confronted Jennings about fake cocaine that Jennings had sold him earlier.

When he confronted Jennings, deputies say, the confrontation became physical. After he thought he had been punched, Caraffa noticed blood on his clothing and realized he had been stabbed multiple times.

Deputies responded, and Caraffa was airlifted to a local hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.

A Pinellas County sheriff's K-9 unit found Jennings near the scene, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Jennings, who deputies say admitted to the confrontation but denied stabbing Caraffa, is being held without bond at the Pinellas County Jail.

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