WESTERLY, R.I. — A Rhode Island man charged with fatally stabbing an acquaintance he said disrespected him in his own home has been held without bond.

Nelson Dearce, of Westerly, made an initial court appearance on a murder charge Monday. He didn’t enter a plea.

Police say the 50-year-old Dearce arrived home at about 11 p.m. Saturday after work to find Jeremy Lehmann, of East Lyme, Connecticut inside. Dearce’s ex-girlfriend, with whom he still lives, and their four children were also home.

Police say Dearce was upset to find Lehmann there and stabbed him multiple times. He allegedly told police the victim “was disrespecting me in my own house.”

The victim was taken to Westerly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Dearce’s family said he is a good man and a church-goer.

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