Dad charged in bathroom beating death


As a Phoenix, Arizona father faces second-degree murder charges after he allegedly beat the man who tried to get into his daughter’s bathroom stall to death, his family is coming to his defense.

 Diana Jackson, Melvin Harris III’s fiancee, said her teenage daughter is filled with guilt after the incident.

 “She keeps saying, ‘I wish I never asked him to take me to the store,'” Jackson said.

 Court documents revealed that Harris was at a QuikTrip gas station to pick up his daughter and her friends on August 2.

 A man asked Harris for money and then went into the QT after Harris gave him change, according to the documents.

 Harris’s daughter told her dad the man, Leon Armstrong, tried to get into her bathroom stall.

 Police documents say Harris went inside the store and “told a security guard he needed to take care of the situation, or (Harris) would do it himself.”

 Witnesses told police Harris punched the man in the face.

 Jackson said Harris didn’t do anything wrong.

 “He was protecting his kid,” she said. “I’m not mad at him at all. He sent me a post card like ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m like, I’m not mad at him.”

 Documents say Armstrong was on the ground when Harris, “struck the victim in the face several more times and also kicked and stomped on him.” 

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