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Denver man found guilty in fatal Arvada stabbing

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Abdu Latif Kazembe Abunantambu-El, 53, was found guilty in the fatal stabbing of Levi Johnson on March 5, 2014. (Photo: First Judicial District Attorney's Office)

ARVADA, Colo. — On Wednesday, after a week-long trial, a Jefferson County jury found a Denver man guilty in a fatal Arvada stabbing.

The jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday for Abdu Latif Kazembe Abunantambu-El, 53, in the 2012 stabbing death of Levi Johnson, according to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

On Aug. 24, 2012, Arvada Police were dispatched to 5840 Pierce St in Arvada at approximately 7:40 p.m., said the DA’s Office. There, police found 52-year-old Levi Johnson in front of the house bleeding — he had been beaten and stabbed repeatedly.

Earlier that night, Johnson and his wife were at the residence of Christine Kernan on Piece Street when Abunantambu-El, also known as Paul McKnight, arrived and forced himself into the home, said the DA’s Office.

Abunantambu-El fought with Kernan and then attacked Johnson, said the DA’s Office. The two struggled, before Abunantambu-El stabbed Johnson with a kitchen knife, killing him.

After killing Johnson, the DA’s Office said Abunantambu-El held Kernan, who he had become fixated on after knowing her for only a week, captive inside her home.

The Jefferson County jury found Abunantambu-El, who has six prior convictions, guilty of first-degree murder.

The DA’s Office said he will be tried as a habitual criminal on May 14 and will be sentenced immediately following the trail.