Man Indicted for Deadly Stabbing

By: Michael Springer, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Michael Springer, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 9.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Leon County grand jury indicted Leon Akins for first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, grand theft auto and arson.

Akins is accused of stabbing Willie Stephens to death at his home on Roberts Avenue September 1st. He is also accused of attempted murder for stabbing Bobby Bell. Bell survived.

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 7, 2012

A Tallahassee neighborhood came together Friday, September 7 to remember a man who was brutally murdered inside his home.

Willie Stephens was stabbed to death inside his home at The Meadows mobile home park last Saturday on Roberts Avenue.

About 70 of Stephens friends and neighbors attended a candlelight vigil Friday evening in remembrance of him.

"He was an excellent neighbor. He would watch my house for me anytime I asked him to," says neighbor Glanora Gardner Colbert.

"He was a good man. He never bothered anybody. As a manager, I never had any problems with him as a tenant," says Lashay Lattimore ,a manager at the Meadows.

Leon Akins is charged with Stephens' murder.

Stephen's friend Bobby Bell was also hurt in the attack. Bell is expected to make a full recovery.
[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 4, 2012

A Tallahassee man is now under arrest and accused of stabbing a man more than 20 times.

Leon Akins is charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.

Akins is accused of stabbing Willie Stephens to death in his own home on Roberts Avenue Saturday.

Arrest papers say Akins knocked on the door and asked for a ride, when Stephens said no, he asked for a knife. Police say Akins proceeded to stab Stephens repeatedly and then go after another man at the home and stab him too.

Tallahassee Police say Akins drove away in the dead man's car.

When they arrested Akins later, police say, he still had Stephens blood on his shorts.

The Probable Cause affidavit is attached to this story.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 2, 2012

Tallahassee Police have released the names of the men attacked inside a mobile home Saturday that left one dead and another hurt.

Police found the body of 57-year-old Willie Stevens inside his home at 'The Meadows' mobile park off of Roberts Ave around 7 a.m.

Police do not know how Stevens died.

Neighbors say Stevens had lived in the area for more than a decade and was well-liked.

Neighbors describe Stevens as a 'good guy ' and remember him for his love of Blues Music that he played while sitting on his front lawn.

Neighbors also say Stevens was disabled and lacked the use of one of his arms.

Stevens' friend, 58-year-old Bobby Bell was also injured in the attack.

Bell was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Police do not have a motive for the attack.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD.


Tallahassee, Florida- September 1, 2012

An incident inside a Tallahassee mobile home park leaves one man dead and another hurt.

Police discovered a body inside a home at The Meadows mobile home park at 3535 Roberts Ave Saturday. It is the city's 10th homicide of 2012.

Police found the body after receiving a call from Leon County EMS around 7 a.m.

EMS workers were treating a man who says he was injured inside a home at that address.

That man is currently being treated at an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

When police went to the home to investigate, they found a second man who was dead.

It is unknown how the man died. But police are treating his death as a homicide.

Both men are believed to be victims.

Neighbors say the two men lived inside the home and were good friends and were well-liked by many on the street.

Police do not have a motive for the crime. But they are looking for a black male with a stocky build who is believed to be connected to the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD.

Tallahassee, Florida- September 1, 2012

The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 3500 block of Roberts Ave at the 'Meadows' mobile home park.

One person is dead and another is in the hospital. It happened sometime this morning. No further details. Stay with for more information.

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