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Motel stabbing suspect has criminal history, convicted felon

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EUREKA- William Flores, 25 was taken into custody Wednesday after police connected him to the stabbing death of Joshua Burrell outside of the Royal Inn. Court documents obtained by News Channel three show Flores has been a convicted felon since 2007. He was charged with three felonies this year, one for possessing heroin, another charge for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and a third felony charge for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle but he was only held to answer on the drug charge.
 
On Thursday Eureka’s Police Department Detective Todd Wilcox said they are still following up with leads about Flores’ motive for the stabbing,
 
“It appears that he [victim] suffered one stab wound to the chest. At this point I do not really have any good information as to what caused the conflict. I am hopeful that having someone in custody will ease some peoples minds and make them feel a little safer talking to us without fear of retribution."
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4060.