YAKIMA, Wash- A bar fight took a deadly turn early Monday. Yakima Police responded to the parking lot between Ted Motors and Arty'sTavern at about 2am. They found 36-year-old Jason Linder on the sidewalk with a stab wound and no pulse. About an hour earlier, Linder was involved in a bar fight at Arty's but employees say the fight was over before the men left the bar.
"Both parties took off and then it's closed already for an hour and then we found out somebody got stabbed there outside the parking lot", says Arthur Lamberte, owner of Arty's.
Police have arrested 34-year-old Matthew David Leonard for the stabbing and have brought in others for questioning.
This is the second criminal homicide of the year for the city of Yakima and the fifth for Yakima County.