Family living in west Sioux Falls neighborhood reacts to fatal stabbing

Christopher Lee Adams is charged with Murder in the 2nd degree and Manslaughter in the 1st...
Christopher Lee Adams is charged with Murder in the 2nd degree and Manslaughter in the 1st degree. (KSFY)
Published: Mar. 10, 2019 at 10:50 PM CDT
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One person is dead and another is behind bars after a stabbing Sunday morning.

It happened in the area of West 9th Street and North Evergreen Drive just before 8:00 AM. That is just west of Hayward Elementary School.

Sioux Falls police said Christopher Lee Adams is being charged with second degree murder and 1st degree manslaughter.

KSFY News Reporter Ricardo Lewis spoke with the Jepson family today and they said while it was weird to see it happen right outside of their home it was also a pretty scary situation.

"Nothing like this ever happens here it's a quiet street," Witness, Gordon Jepson said.

This isn't the first family to say this. The Jepson’s said it's unlike anything they've seen in their 20 years of living in this neighborhood.

At 8:00 AM Sunday morning one man was fatally stabbed and Christopher Lee Adams was arrested.

Gordon Jepson had a front row seat to it all from his window.

"I was sitting in there and I heard some commotion didn't really think much of it and then I heard someone say don't shoot so I looked out the window and sure enough there were cop cars all over," Gordon Jepson said.

Gordon said the arrest happened so fast. Police officers drew their guns, handcuffed the suspect and put him in the back of the police car.

"Pretty weird when it happens outside your front window," Gordon added.

Gordon has two children who were in the house at the time.

"It's crazy, you don't really hear about too much stuff like that happening around here, just not expected at all," Chance Jepson said.

"I mean we grew up here we would run around these streets all the time when we were younger when it was dark out even we all had our neighborhood gang so it was just kind of weird to see like how much it's changed," Andie Jepson said.

At the time they had no idea what was going on. They later read online that it was a stabbing.

"We just thought it was like a neighborhood dispute or something I never thought it'd be this, definitely crazy," Andie said.

"It's scary to have it on the street where you grew up and where your family is," Chance Jepson said.

The Jepson family said it makes them very uneasy that this type of thing is happening in their neighborhood.