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Hartselle man charged with stabbing

Published 2:07pm Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Hartselle man has been charged with stabbing a family member in the back during a dispute at the relative’s home in Decatur early Tuesday morning.

Ernesto Salazar, 22, of 1104 Elm St. NW in Hartselle
Ernesto Salazar, 22, of 1104 Elm St. NW in Hartselle

Ernesto Salazar, 22, of 1104 Elm St. NW in Hartselle was charged with assault second degree, a Class C Felony. He was transferred from Decatur City Jail to the Morgan County Jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

Officers with the Decatur Police Department’s Patrol Division were dispatched to 1801 Cumberland Ave. SW to the call March 11 at 3:33 a.m.

The 23-year-old victim, Pablo Ayala, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds to his back.

According to a Decatur Police Department press release, the suspect allegedly started a physical altercation during a family visit at Ayala’s residence. Police believe that Salazar armed himself with a knife and stabbed Ayala in the back multiple times.

Ayala was transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital Parkway Campus where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later rel

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