Nick Glunt and Kiera Manion-Fischer | The Gazette
MEDINA — A 37-year-old man was fatally stabbed Wednesday after an argument that began during an evening of drinking and pool-playing in a garage at 381 Longview Road, according to police.
Aaron Andrew Furin, 30, who is listed in court records as a resident at the Longview address, was arrested and charged with murder, police said.
It’s the city’s first murder case in more than four years.
The victim was identified as James Daryl Carney. Police said Carney was a Medina resident, but did not report his address.
Police said Furin and Carney were drinking alcoholic beverages during a gathering and got into a fight just after 10 p.m. Wednesday when someone broke a bottle of liquor. The fight ended with Furin getting a bloody nose.
Furin went into the house and grabbed a large hunting knife, police said, while Carney went to his vehicle in the driveway. Police said Furin confronted Carney and stabbed him in the left side of his chest.
Carney got into his vehicle and drove away, police said. After a short distance, he lost control and left the roadway, almost striking a house.
A man who called 911 said he saw the knife and saw Carney drive away.
“He got into his car,” the caller said. “I split when people started getting crazy. I took my girl and I walked away, I carried her away.”
Police reported they found Carney “bleeding profusely” in his vehicle and attempted to control the bleeding using trauma care techniques.
The Medina Life Support Team arrived and transported Carney by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center, in Cleveland, where he died.
Police arrested Furin and witnesses were interviewed.
Furin is being held at the county jail on $1 million bond.
A woman who answered the door at 381 Longview Road declined to comment.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will complete an autopsy.
Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he plans to present the case to a grand jury next week.
Furin has a police record. In Medina Municipal Court, Furin has been charged with drug abuse, underage alcohol consumption and three charges of operating a vehicle intoxicated since 2003.
When arrested, Furin was out on bond for the latest OVI charge, filed June 24.
Holman said there hasn’t been a homicide in Medina County since June 2010, when Steven Cepec killed 73-year-old Chatham Township historian Frank Munz during a home invasion. A jury convicted Cepec of aggravated murder following a long-delayed trial and he was sentenced to death in April.
A year earlier, Tracy Jewel Salter Johnson, 34, was charged in May 2009 with aggravated murder, accused of fatally stabbed her uncle, Gary Barnett, 60, at his Branch Road apartment. She pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated burglary and assault on an EMS worker and is serving a 15-year prison sentence.