Transient acquitted in killing

A homeless man was acquitted Friday in the fatal stabbing of another man near Sunset Park last year.

After deliberating two days, a jury in District Court acquitted Leon Rumph, 45, of killing 44-year-old Jack Strosnider in May 2008.

“He’s relieved,” said Rumph’s attorney, John Parris.

Prosecutors couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

Authorities said Rumph killed Strosnider after a fight broke out at Sunset Park.

Strosnider was found stabbed on May 6 near Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue. He died the next day.

Police arrested Rumph in June 2008. He admitted to police that he killed Strosnider, Parris said. But his confession wasn’t admitted because he invoked his right to an attorney before giving statements.

“I can completely understand the jury’s decision considering the evidence they were given,” Parris said. “The state has a difficult burden in criminal cases. And the jury felt it wasn’t satisfied here.”

Rumph was expected to be released from the county jail Friday. He’ll return to his family in Southern California, Parris said.

Contact reporter David Kihara at or 702-380-1039.


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