Jury finds Dayton man guilty of murder in 2018 stabbing at apartment complex

A jury found a man guilty of murder Thursday in a 2018 deadly stabbing at a Dayton apartment complex.

Laron N. Cunningham, 41, also was convicted of felonious assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and burglary in the death of 60-year-old Michael Oliver inside his unit at the Wilkinson Plaza Apartments on West Fifth Street in Dayton, according to a release from Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

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Cunningham was found at an apartment Dec. 8, 2018, and claimed he needed medical help. While at the hospital, he made comments about killing a man.

Police were contacted and found Oliver stabbed to death in his apartment. Wilkson sold Oliver’s possessions to buy crack cocaine, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Cunningham was indicted April 2, 2019, on 14 charges, including repeat violent offender violations. He previously was convicted of robbery, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

He will have a hearing May 10 on repeat violent offender specifications.

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