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WATERBURY - Police arrested a man in connection with the death of a 71-year-old man Friday morning.

Investigators were called to 279 Capitol Ave. around 8:20 a.m Friday for the report of two men covered in blood. When they arrived, they found George Marshall with a stab wound to the chest, sitting in a living room chair. Attempts to revive Marshall failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested Theodore McMahon, 51 on murder charges. They said Marshall, the owner of the home, and McMahon, his tenant, were arguing over an eviction.

The landlord-tenant dispute is said to have been in and out of civil and housing court for months.

"There was no appearance of any issues or disturbances," said Dep. Chief Fernando Spagnolo, confirming that police hadn't been to the home previously.

However, Spagnolo did say an officer of the law was at that address the morning of the murder: a civil process marshal. He or she didn't make it there before the violence but detectives said the marshal's presence afterwards helped to close the investigation in less than 6 hours.

"This was a unique case I think in police work in general. Normally things don't go this quickly but the victim was on the scene, the suspect happened to be on the scene," said Spagnolo. "It worked out quite well from an investigative standpoint."

Neighbors describe their neighborhood as normally very quiet.

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