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UPDATE: Man charged in fatal Cleveland stabbing

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Ralh Wayne Ray III appears in court Wednesday monring, charged with first degree murder. WRCBtv.com photo Ralh Wayne Ray III appears in court Wednesday monring, charged with first degree murder. WRCBtv.com photo
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UPDATE: Ralph Wayne Ray III was arraigned Wednesday morning in Cleveland, and has been charged with first degree murder in the death Robbie Johnson.

Ray remains in custody with no bond set and will undergo a mental evaluation.

During the proceedings, Ray applied for a public defender. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 23.

Channel 3 obtained Ray's criminal history records. He has a number of misdemeanors and felonies in Cleveland court but many of those had been dismissed.

Before formally charging Ray with murder, police arrested him on two outstanding warrants for aggravated burglary and assault stemming from two August incidents.


PREVIOUS STORY: Cleveland police have arrested a 30-year-old man on a charge of first degree murder in connection to a fatal stabbing.

Ralph Wayne Ray III, who is cooperating with police, was taken into custody inside an apartment in the 300 block of Dooley Street NE two doors down from where the stabbing took place.

He is expected to go before a judge later today.

Officials say 28-year-old Robbie Johnson was stabbed around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at his apartment on Dooley Street. He died minutes later at Skyridge Medical Center.

Police say there are witnesses who were inside the apartment at the time Johnson was stabbed. Ray was also arrested on unrelated charges for aggravated burglary and assault as well as violating probation.

Investigators entered the apartment with a search warrant just after 6:30 a.m. They left with several bags of evidence and say they did find knives but did not specify if any of them were the murder weapon.  

"I know that the family of Robbie Johnson is really going to suffer, especially with the holiday season, and also the family of the suspect as well," said Evie West, public information officer for the department. 

It's not unusual for police to respond to calls on Dooley Street.

The neighborhood, which is made up of low income housing, has a higher volume of police calls. 

"We have a lot of domestic calls here, disturbances, alcohol and drug calls here in this area," West said.  

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