WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered that a D.C. man charged with stabbing a man to death in broad daylight at a crowded bus stop be held without bail.
Wearing khaki shorts, a tropical-style shirt and leather sandals– shackled at the ankles and waist — Hector Luis Felix appeared for an arraignment Saturday.
Felix has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Eric Lee Smith.
The death stems from an argument that escalated into a brawl as people were boarding a bus in the 800 block of H street Northeast on Monday, NBC Washington reports.
Smith bumped into a child, whose mother demanded an apology, according to witness accounts.
Police said it didn’t appear as though Felix was involved in the initial argument. The two men didn’t know each other, police said.
But police said hot words were exchanged and then things swelled into a fight outside of the bus, where Smith was stabbed multiple times. Smith later died at the hospital.
Felix’s attorney tried to cast doubt on most of the 10 who claimed that it was Felix who approached and stabbed Smith.
A judge found probable cause to hold Felix without bond. Felix is due in court later this month.
WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.