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Shelby Reid Lentz
Shelby Reid Lentz

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a Wilmington man made his first court appearance in New Hanover County District Court on Monday.

Shelby Lentz has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Martin Yakimovich, who died Friday night from multiple stab wounds sustained during a domestic dispute at a home at 318 McRae St.

“Witnesses told police the stabbing occurred after Yakimovich and 19-year-old Shelby Lentz got into an argument,” Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. “Lentz ran from the residence and later turned himself in to police.”

Friday night’s stabbing was Wilmington’s first homicide of 2014.

According to an incident report released Monday by New Hanover County Emergency Services, a witness administering first aid to Yakimovich told dispatchers he had been stabbed in the stomach. The report also indicated the stabbing occurred in a fight between Yakimovich and Lentz, who was Yakimovich’s fiance’s roommate.

Assistant District Attorney Barrett Temple said Yakimovich was stabbed twice.

Lentz has been convicted of 19 misdemeanors, including injury to personal property, assault on a law enforcement officer, credit card theft, larceny, assault on a handicapped person and disorderly conduct, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.

“There’s also some warrants that I saw this morning that need to be served on him for possession of [drugs],” Temple said in court Monday.

According to district court records, Lentz has several pending charges in New Hanover County. Lentz is expected to appear on a charge of felony financial card theft on Thursday.

Lentz also has pending charges in Wake County. He is expected to appear in Wake County District Court on charges of second-degree trespassing, failure to disperse on command and violating a legislative building rule on Feb. 18.

Lentz will receive a court-appointed attorney for his charges in New Hanover County.

District Judge Chad Hogston set Lentz’s bond at a $500,000 secured. He is currently being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center.