Witness: Victim stabbed 'all over'


Key testimony: Jessi Parsons-Freeman testified that her then-boyfiend, Colby McKnelly, attacked Steven Rogers Jr. early in the morning of Dec. 23. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Minutes before he stabbed his childhood friend to death, Colby McKnelly told his girlfriend he wanted to kill Steven Rogers Jr., a witness testified Thursday.

Jessi Parsons-Freeman, the one person who saw the altercation that led to Rogers’ death two days before Christmas, told the court Thursday that McKnelly, who is on trial for murder, said he was going to kill Rogers, 26, of Indianapolis. Then, she said, he made a slashing motion across his throat.

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