Michael Kevin Burks

Michael Kevin Burks 

A Citrus County man faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after an argument during a living room meal escalated to violence.

The arrest of Michael Kevin Burks, 57, began when the arresting Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a Crystal River complaint. According to Burks’ arrest report, the deputy spotted Burks walking south on Turkey Oak Drive towards State Road 44.

The deputy reported that when they approached Burks he said, “I stabbed him,” according to records. The arresting deputy handcuffed Burks and placed him in another deputy’s patrol car while the arresting deputy headed to Woodbury Court in Crystal River about the stabbing complaint.

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According to records, the deputy arrived at the Crystal River home and saw the stabbing victim and emergency workers tending to his wounds.

The arresting deputy again spoke with Burks and according to records Burks told the deputy that he and the victim got into a conflict and he “fixed it.”

The arresting deputy met with a witness who told the deputy that he was in his living room with another witness, Michael Burks and the victim when he saw Michael Burks dump his plate of food on the victim’s lap, according to records.

The witness told the deputy that Michael Burks and the victim argued and Burks warned the victim by saying, “I’ll stab you,” several times. According to the report, the witness told the deputy he saw Michael Burks then stab the victim on his left side with a steak knife.

Another witness told the arresting deputy that Michael Burks and the victim argued and the argument became physical. She told the deputy that the other witness separated the two men and soon later the victim said he had been stabbed, according to records.

The deputy charged Michael Burks with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. His bond was $10,000.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.