Suspect in St. Stephen homicide identified, charged with murder

John Dazle Jr. has been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with an incident Thursday in St. Stephen.

A 34-year-old St. Stephen man has been accused of beating his neighbor to death and trying to kill his parents Thursday night.

John Paul Dazle Jr. has been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with an incident that led to the death of 55-year-old Floyd Valachovic.

According to the St. Stephen Police Department, an officer met with two victims at a home on Ravenell Drive around 8:45 p.m. They reported that their son had assaulted and attempted to kill them.

Police later determined that Dazle allegedly assaulted a neighbor, identified as Valachovic, who died from injuries that appeared to be from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Dazle was taken into custody early Friday and is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center without bond.

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