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Case Laid Out in Fatal Stabbing of Prosecutor

May 06, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Prosecutors laid out their case Monday against a man charged in the stabbing death of a Kern County assistant district attorney.

Chris Hillis is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Stephen Tauzer, 57, who was found in his garage in a pool of blood, a knife sticking out of his head, the weekend of Sept. 13.

Hillis is the father of Lance Hillis, 22, who lived with Tauzer on a number of occasions. Authorities said Tauzer provided Lance Hillis with shelter, money and legal help until his death in a traffic accident Aug. 7.

Tauzer and Chris Hillis disagreed about how to handle Lance's drug problems. According to court records, Chris Hillis threatened to kill Tauzer if anything happened to his son.

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