Man Arrested, Charged in Stabbing Near Auburn Univ.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A 20-year-old Birmingham man has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a stabbing near Auburn University.

Police said Johnathon Sepp Etterer turned himself in around 1 a.m. Thursday. He is accused of stabbing 20-year-old Richard K. Straus just before noon Wednesday.

He was taken to the Lee County Detention Center.

Police said Straus underwent surgery at East Alabama Medical, where his condition was upgraded from critical to fair condition.

The stabbing at the Edge Apartments near Auburn's campus prompted the university to send out a campus-wide alert to students and faculty on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said it appears the stabbing happened during a dispute between roommates.

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