Jury finds Toledo man guilty of murder in Point Place stabbing

Jury finds Toledo man guilty of murder in Point Place stabbing
Cerveny (left) and Warrnka (Source: Toledo police)
Cerveny (left) and Warrnka (Source: Toledo police)
Przybysz and his daughter Natalie
Przybysz and his daughter Natalie

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A jury convicted John Haugh of the murder of Thomas Przybysz on Friday. Haugh stabbed Przybysz to death in the driveway of Przybysz's Point Place home early on the morning of May 23, 2014.

Two other men, Scott Warrnka and Roy Cerveny, took plea deals in the murder before Haugh's trial began.

The prosecution used inmates as witnesses during the trial. The inmates testified that Haugh admitted to them that that he killed Przybysz.

Haugh's bike, which had blood on the handlebars, was admitted as evidence in the case. 

Family members say Przybysz was coming home from his job when he was stabbed 15 times in his driveway. Prosecutors say Haugh and Przybysz got into a fight and when Haugh started to lose, he stabbed Przybysz.

"It shows, sort of, what kind of man we're dealing with here," said prosecuting attorney Charles McDonald. "This is a dangerous individual; obviously he's capable of horrible crimes and thankfully the witness came forward and testified."

Przybysz was taken away from the Point Place home on 283rd Street in an ambulance around 3:30 a.m. on May 23. He died just an hour later at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Przybysz reportedly went from house to house knocking on doors in order to seek help, leaving a trail of blood around the neighborhood before a neighbor called 9-1-1.

Przybysz was a father to 8-year-old Natalie. He is described as a hard worker who loved his large family.

Family members say Przybysz knew his attackers.

"I know who they are, and Tom knew who they were and I recognize their faces," said Tom' sister, Christi Kidd. "I can't imagine how anyone could ever do something like this to Tom, to a person like he was."

A judge will decide Haugh's sentence on March 30. He could be facing a life sentence in prison without eligibility for parole. 

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