Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Phoenix father fatally beats man who tried to enter daughter's bathroom stall

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix father is in jail after police say he killed a man who had just tried to get into a bathroom stall his daughter was using.

Melvin Harris, 40, is now facing a second-degree homicide charge for that man's death.

His fiancee, Diana Jackson, says he was just protecting their daughter.

"I'm not mad at him. I don't feel like he did anything wrong. I love him. He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they're wrong for protecting their children," said Jackson.

It's been 11 days since Jackson last saw her fiance, Melvin Harris,  as police took him to jail.

Earlier this month she says Harris was picking up their 16-year-old daughter and two of her friends, who had all just gotten off work.

They asked to stop at the QuikTrip convenience store on 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue for a soda and a bathroom break.

That's when Harris' daughter says a man, whom police have identified as Leon Leevon Armstrong, came barging in, shaking the stall door trying to get to the teenager.

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