Man on trial for allegedly killing former FSU mascot with a sword over gumbo seasoning

Chief Osceola and his horse, Renegade, are a major part of the pre-game festivities at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium. (Steven Cannon/Associated Press)

PANAMA CITY, FL (WCMH) — Attorneys opened their arguments Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of stabbing another man after an argument behind a seafood market.

Orlando Ricardo Thompson, 27, is accused of stabbing 33-year-old Caleb Joshua Halley in June 2015 after an argument over how much seasoning to put in a batch of gumbo.

According to Northwest Florida Daily News, Thompson stabbed Halley with a “decorative sword.” He claimed self-defense, saying Halley became aggressive over the gumbo recipe and attacked him. Halley died two days after the fight.

At one time, Halley had portrayed Florida State University mascot Chief Osceola.

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