Pontiac man charged with murder in stabbing of Waterford Township resident

Maurice Rushton facing open murder charge

Maurice Rushton (Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

PONTIAC, Mich. – A Pontiac man has been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing of a Waterford Township resident.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) in the 600 block of West Huron Street in Pontiac.

Police said Maurice Rushton, 62, of Pontiac, and Larry James Lewis-Lefler, 36, of Waterford Township, got into an argument at the location. Rushton pulled out a knife and stabbed Lewis-Lefler in the chest, according to authorities.

The exact motive for the stabbing is still not known.

Lewis-Lefler fled the scene, but collapsed about 50 yards away, officials said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died about six hours after the stabbing.

Rushton was arrested about 30 minutes after the stabbing at his home in the 100 block of Monroe Street.

Rushton was arraigned Tuesday at 50th District Court on an open murder charge. He’s being held at the Oakland County Jail without bond.

The next court date is scheduled for Oct. 6.


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