PANAMA CITY, Florida — A former Florida seafood market employee has been convicted of fatally stabbing a co-worker with a sword during an argument over how much spice to add to a pot of gumbo.
Orlando Ricardo Thompson, 27, was found guilty in the 2015 stabbing death of Caleb Joshua Halley at Buddy’s Seafood Market in Panama City Beach. Thompson faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 4.
Halley, 33, had portrayed Florida State University’s football mascot, Chief Osceola, from 2004 until 2007. The two men had once been roommates.
The fatal fight broke out on June 23, 2015, when Halley confronted Thompson about the amount of spice he was adding to a pot of gumbo.
Video surveillance footage entered as evidence showed the two men challenge each other with weapons, Thompson with a 2×4 board and Halley with a pocket knife, the Panama City News Herald reported.
Tempers settled down and the two men separated and put their weapons down, but Thompson then ran to a closet where he grabbed a foot-long sword. Halley then picked up a mop handle and the two men swung at each other several times.
The fight ended when Thompson delivered a deep slash wound to Halley’s torso that left his intestines exposed. Halley died at a hospital two day later.