Man dies after stabbing at American Legion

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 02:29 PM.

SOUTHPORT — A Southport man died in a hospital Saturday after being stabbed nearly three weeks ago in an American Legion parking lot in Southport.

The man’s girlfriend, Earnestine “Tina” Canuet, 64, of Chipley, was arrested and charged with the stabbing, but has since bonded out.

No murder charges had been filed as of midday Monday.

The stabbing happened Oct. 21 at the American Legion Post 375 in Southport. When authorities arrived on the scene, 68-year-old Richard Lielasus was already on the ground with a 6-inch gash in the left side of his stomach, and Canuet had his blood on her shirt, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

“I can’t believe that [expletive] stabbed me,” Lielasus said, according to the BCSO report.

He appeared to be heading into shock when the ambulance arrived and took him to Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System, but he was apparently stabilized.

Other bar patrons pinned Canuet against a Ford pickup truck in the parking lot while they waited for deputies to arrive. As the handcuffs were being put on her, she wept and said “I’m sorry” over and over, according to the police report.

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