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3rd person held in connection with fatal Lincoln stabbing

March 23, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A third person has been accused in connection with the stabbing death of a Lincoln man.

Lincoln police said in a news release Monday that 18-year-old Victor Melendez III faces a charge of aiding and abetting murder. Lancaster County Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Melendez.

Three people attacked Edward Varejcka, 36, on March 8, police said. Officers sent to his central Lincoln apartment found Varejcka stabbed and a friend trying to resuscitate him. The officers took over until medics arrived, but the efforts failed to keep him alive.

There were at least three people in the apartment when he was stabbed, and they reported that intruders had entered it and attacked Varejcka. He lived elsewhere in Lincoln, police said.

Investigators have reported that Melendez stood at the apartment door while the stabbing occurred so he could keep watch for police, the news release said.

The two other people in custody are charged with being accessories to a felony: Krysean Reynolds, 19, and Makayla Fell, 20. The court records don’t list the names of their attorneys.