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Billiards supplies factory employee stabs co-worker to death

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Jose Luis Lopez, 34, was captured just after midnight on Wednesday. Jose Luis Lopez, 34, was captured just after midnight on Wednesday.
MARSHALL COUNTY, MS -

(WMC) – The owner of Meucci Cues, which makes billiards supplies, is in shock after one of his own employees allegedly stabbed another worker to death on his property.

Jose Luis Lopez, 34, was captured just after midnight on Wednesday. Deputies in Marshall County have him in custody.

Robert Meucci says he wishes he'd seen this coming. Lopez worked in his factory and on his ranch. The owner says he tries to keep his surroundings peaceful at all times.

The owner says Lopez was very arrogant and had started an argument with victim Noe Romer over music two weeks ago.

"He would turn on his radio real loud in the middle of the night, and the other employee who is a decent guy would come over and ask him 'could you turn that down?'," said Meucci.

Meucci says Lopez insisted he would play his music as loud as he pleased whenever he wanted. Marshall County investigators say they believe this ongoing fight ended with Lopez stabbing Romer.

It is unclear what Lopez stabbed Romer with.

"I mean our whole factory has been walking around like we're in a cloud. I mean I just don't know how long it'll take before we can get over this," said Meucci.

Meucci says Romer was a Honduran worker who was a good guy. He says he didn't deserve to die this way. Meucci says Lopez's smile always bothered him, because he says he didn't seem real.

Now in hindsight he wishes he's followed his gut instinct about his employee.

"There were times when he threatened other people, and nobody took him seriously, because he never followed through," said Meucci.

With instructions from the district attorney's office, investigators say they're asking for Lopez to be held without bond due to his flight risk.

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