Monroe man indicted for roommate’s stabbing death with axe-like weapon


A Monroe man who is accused of stabbing his roommate to death on May 30 has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury.

Peyton Michael Joseph McFarland, 20, of the 100 block of Sands Avenue, was arrested on May 31 and charged with murder. He was arraigned last week in county area court, where bond was set at $500,000. He was scheduled to be in county Area III Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, but was directly indicted on charges of murder and felonious assault, according to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Office.

McFarland’s case has been assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Jennifer McElfresh, but an arraignment date has not yet been set.

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According to court records and the 911 call, McFarland confessed to stabbing his roommate, Christopher Hacker, 31, during an argument.

McFarland identified himself to the dispatcher in a strained, out-of-breath voice.

“I need an ambulance,” he said in the call. “I attacked a person that I was living with, I need an officer to come and arrest me.”

In the 911 calls, McFarland said he used a weapon and stabbed Hacker in the shoulder.

“I used a knife,” he said. “I need an officer to come right away. I need to be put under arrest.”

Hacker ran from the scene, according to McFarland, who told dispatchers he put the weapon on the ground outside and said he would lie down and wait for officers.

When Monroe officers arrived on the scene, McFarland said, “I’m Peyton, I’m Peyton, please arrest me.”

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A woman called 911 from a neighboring residence and told dispatchers a man approached her and said that “he has been stabbed with a knife, he is bleeding. He needs an ambulance.”

The woman said she was applying pressure to the man’s left shoulder, and he had multiple wounds.

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

Monroe police 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,” a detective wrote in the court complaint.

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