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APD rushed to the scene around 10:30 Saturday night after 40-year-old Anthony Hartsfield was stabbed to death at 326 Cherry Avenue at the corner of Jefferson Street.

Travontay Hartsfield says he and his uncle were close.

"I was sad, nervous and my stomach kept on hurting," said Hartsfield. "We used to cook on the grill, run, and play basketball together. We used to have a little fun."

Police say Hartsfield's girlfriend, 33-year old Leslie Ballard, is charged with felony murder after stabbing Hartsfield with a stainless steel kitchen knife in front of children.

"We have to work on dealing with domestic violence so that people can work on what ever issue they have without having to resort to violence," said Dougherty County District Attorney, Greg Edwards.

Edwards says the Lily Pad Lily Pad, a sexual assault and child abuse advocacy center, will interview those children. Crime scene tape and police lights welcomed neighbors moving in right next door.

"We thought it was our house until we pulled up and saw the tape. I really wanted to go back to the other house. It's right next door. I don't want that."

Family members say Hartsfield was a Camilla native, and a DJ who worked all around southwest Georgia. He was known as DJ "Twon The One" with TLZ Production. His son was inside the home during the murder, and his nephew says he'll miss him dearly.

Ballard will have her first appearance before a judge Monday. The family is trying to raise money for Hartsfield's funeral arrangements. if you'd like to help out you can make checks payable to "The Hartsfield Family" and mail them to 901 South Madison St., Albany GA, 31707. 

Along with murder, Ballard is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, and four counts of cruelty to children.

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