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New Orleans Police Department investigate a fatal stabbing inside a residence on the 600 block of Burgundy street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the man who was stabbed to death in a French Quarter home last week as Daniel Magrini, 52.

Police found Magrini’s body rolled up in a rug Wednesday in a home in the 600 block of Burgundy Street. Morgan Rothe-Skinner, 26, is accused of killing Magrini and was arrested at the scene on a count of second-degree murder.

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Morgan Rothe-Skinner, via OPSO

Officials haven’t discussed how Magrini and Rothe-Skinner know each other. But public records suggest they are both related to a Tulsa, Oklahoma, woman who owns a steel spring manufacturing company and is the beneficiary of a trust fund that owns the home on Burgundy.

Authorities learned about the killing when 911 operators received a call from a woman who said Rothe-Skinner held her hostage after admitting to the slaying of Magrini.

The woman, whose name hasn't been released, said she called police after she managed to escape.

When responding officers neared the home, Rothe-Skinner holed up inside while wielding a knife. But he surrendered to police after a brief negotiation.

Officers wrote in court records that they then searched the home, spotted “a great deal of blood” on a bed sheet, and discovered Magrini’s body in a rolled-up rug.

Magrini had cuts to his body and face. Officials haven’t discussed a possible motive in his slaying. 

A social media page under Magrini's name contains a photo of him and Rothe-Skinner in November with their arms around each other at a theater.

A photo from December shows an airplane at an airport departure gate, and a comment under the image indicates Magrini was traveling to meet Rothe-Skinner in New Orleans. 

Other parts of Magrini's page refer to his experiencing physical ailments as well as financial and family troubles in recent years.  

Rothe-Skinner remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. He faces mandatory life imprisonment if eventually convicted of murder. 

In court last week, Rothe-Skinner was described as a student at Tulane University. The school declined comment through a spokesman. 


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