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Dad beats to death a man who tried to enter daughter’s bathroom stall. Now he faces murder charges.

A 40-year-old dad faces murder charges after fatally beat another man for allegedly trying to enter his daughter's bathroom stall at a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix. (Image source: KTVK-TV video screenshot)

Melvin Harris, 40, is facing second-degree murder charges after fatally beating a man who reportedly tried to enter Harris' daughter's public bathroom stall.

What are the details?

According to KNXV-TV, Phoenix police said that the incident occurred Aug. 2 when Harris went to a local QuikTrip convenience store about 11:30 p.m. to pick up his teenage daughter and her friends.

A man identified as Leon Armstrong reportedly approached Harris' vehicle and asked for money. Reports said that Harris obliged, and Armstrong entered the store.

When Harris' daughter and her friends left the store, Harris' daughter told her dad that the same man who had asked for money had also reportedly tried to enter a bathroom stall that she had been using. Harris' daughter reportedly told an employee, who, in turn, reported the incident to a store security guard.

As Armstrong left the store, Harris' daughter pointed him out as the man who had reportedly tried to enter the stall. Angered, Harris went into the store and told the security guard that "he needed to take care of the situation, or [Harris] would do it himself."

The guard reportedly told Harris that he would handle it, but Harris apparently decided to take matters into his own hands instead.

Witnesses told the station that Harris approached Armstrong and punched him in the face. After the suspect was knocked down, Harris reportedly continued to punch Armstrong in the face, and kicked and stomped on him.

After Harris reportedly assaulted Armstrong, he left the store. Police located Harris at his home shortly thereafter.

Armstrong was transported to a local hospital with a broken nose and brain injuries. The outlet reported that he later died.

The station reported that Harris told police that Armstrong took the first swing, hitting him in the neck. Harris also refused to admit that he had hit Armstrong when he was down on the ground.

Harris is now facing charges of second-degree murder in connection with the convenience store incident. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

What else?

Harris' fiancée, Diana Jackson, told KTVK-TV that she doesn't blame her betrothed for his intense reaction.

"I'm not mad at him. I don't feel like he did anything wrong. I love him. He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they're wrong for protecting their children," Jackson said.

Jackson said that she would have done the same thing if she had been in Harris' position.

"I don't feel bad at all for his actions. I feel bad that the man ended up dying in the process. I do," Jackson added.

You can read a copy of the court documents here.

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