Man charged in fatal West Allis stabbing
According to a criminal complaint, police were called to the area near 80th St. and National Ave. on January 10 around 3:34 a.m.
Court records state Jacob Paradinovich was seen applying pressure to a head wound of an unconscious and bleeding man. Paradinovich told officers he got into an argument with the victim and the victim had knocked him down twice. Paradinovich says he then pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed the victim in the head as the victim swung at him again, according to a criminal complaint.
Paradinovich told police he realized the victim was hurt and that’s when he began first aid and called for help.
Court records state Paradinovich gave police the four inch knife he used. The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead on January 11. The cause of death was due to the stab wound to the head.
In an interview with police, Paradinovich said he used to be in a relationship with the victim but it had ended and he moved out of state. Paradinovich says he recently moved back and had seen the victim several times. On the night of the stabbing, Paradinovich says he worked at a tavern and was giving the victim a ride home. That’s when he says the two argued in the car and he told the victim to get out. When the victim got out of the car, he kicked the door. Paradinovich says he then got out of the car and argued more with the victim which led to a physical fight and the stabbing.
Paradinovich says he was trying to stab the victim’s shoulder but accidentally hit his head.
Court documents state Paradinovich said he had an argument with the victim earlier in the week but the incident was subdued without a weapon.
Paradinovich faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.