Monroe man accused of fatally stabbing roommate during argument

A Monroe man is being held on a $500,000 bond after allegedly stabbing his roommate to death Saturday night at their Sands Avenue residence.

Peyton Michael Joseph McFarland, 20, of the 100 block of Sands, was booked into the Butler County Jail about 1:25 a.m. Sunday on a charge of murder. He was arraigned Monday in county Area II Court, where bond was set and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

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According to court records, McFarland confessed to stabbing his roommate, Christopher Hacker, 31, during an argument.

“The suspect having gotten into an altercation with his roommate stated after Miranda that he stabbed the victim with a knife,” according to the complaint signed by Monroe Detective Matthew Parker.

The detective said McFarland told investigators he went into his room and retrieved a knife/axe combination weapon, then confronted Hacker in the hallway.

“When the roommate disarmed him of the axe, (McFarland) stated he stabbed him with the knife portion of the weapon combo,” the detective wrote in the complaint.

Hacker was taken to Atrium Medical Center, where he died.

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