Ames man sentenced to life for killing roommate with machete

David Hunter, 57, of Ames (Courtesy: Story County Jail)
David Hunter, 57, of Ames (Courtesy: Story County Jail)(KCRG)
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 10:25 AM CDT
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — An 57-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing his roommate during a fight over the cost of a video game.

The Ames Tribune reports that David Sean Hunter, of Ames, was sentenced Friday for first-degree murder in the November 2019 death of 37-year-old Christopher Swalwell.  

The stabbing happened after Hunter gave Swalwell his credit card information in order to create an account for a game on Swalwell’s Xbox. While Hunter thought the charge would be $1, the charge was actually $15.99.

Assistant Story County attorney Tiffany Meredith said Hunter was so angry over the charge that he went to confront Swalwell in his room.

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