The son allegedly stabbed his father with a kitchen knife
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The son allegedly stabbed his father with a kitchen knife


A 39-year-old Flathead Valley man who allegedly stabbed his father with a kitchen knife on Thursday will face attempted intentional homicide charges in Flathead County District Court.

Following his June 6 arrest, Anthony Louis Defazio remains in the county jail with bail set at $200,000. He is expected to appear before Judge Heidi Ulbricht on June 27 for his arraignment on the felony charge.

The victim told authorities that he was finishing breakfast at the kitchen table in his home on Farm to Market Road on June 6 when, according to court documents, Defazio moved up next to him. The younger man allegedly pushed his father out of a chair. According to court documents, the victim, lying on the ground, remembered feeling pressure on his neck.

Court documents state that “he’s dead, he’s dead,” the victim heard her son say.

That’s when the victim screamed for help, calling for his wife, who hit Defazio with an object, according to court documents. As Defazio backed away, the victim saw his son holding a 4- to 6-inch kitchen knife.

Defazio allegedly fled before Flathead County Sheriff’s Office officers arrived at the home. Court documents show that blood was pooling around the kitchen table, running down the front of the victim’s chest. He placed a towel around his neck to stop the flow of blood.

“I’m fine, but as soon as I let go, everything starts pouring out of me,” he told deputies.

As deputies provided the victim with what court documents describe as life-saving measures, authorities began searching for Defazio. Court documents say deputies working with Whitefish Police Department officers found his vehicle and took Defazio into custody. They also allegedly noticed a bloody knife on the center console of Defazio’s vehicle.

Attempted intentional homicide is punishable by life in prison or 10 to 100 years in Montana State Prison. Because Defazio allegedly used a knife, he could face an additional 2 to 10 years in prison if convicted.

News Editor Derrick Perkins can be reached at 758-4430 or [email protected].