Man accused of stabbing his friend to death in SE Portland

Man accused of stabbing his friend to death in SE Portland

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by David Krough & Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on October 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 21 at 1:30 PM

PORTLAND -- The suspect in a Southeast Portland stabbing appeared in court Thursday with his hands cuffed behind his back and a deputy close at his side, as his attorney entered a not guilty plea for him.

Samuel Leisure is accused of stabbing his friend, Dennis Weinberger, 63, multiple times and killing him on Tuesday.

Police said they learned that Leisure, 26, had been "acting irrationally" around the victim before the deadly stabbing, and then they collected enough evidence to name him as a suspect, according to Lt. Kelli Sheffer with the Portland Police Bureau.

Leisure was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop and then booked in the Multnomah County Jail.

Just last month, Leisure was arrested for violating his parole and charged with criminal mischief, theft and driving with a suspended license, Sheffer said.  He spent two weeks in jail and then he was released.

Police have not said why they believe Leisure was acting odd around Weinberger or what may have set off the deadly stabbing.

Homicide detectives said Weinberger was found dead in a home located in the 5100 block of SE 60th, near Holgate after someone called 9-1-1.

Detectives at the scene also saw that Weinberger's pickup truck had been stolen and began searching for it. The truck was found abandoned later that day. Investigators now believe that Leisure used the truck to flee the murder scene.

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