A man wanted in connection to a recent fatal stabbing in Upper Arlington has turned himself in, according to police.

The Upper Arlington Police Division announced via a press release at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, that Jeffrey Blaire Harrison has turned himself in and currently is being held at the Franklin County Jail.

A day earlier, Harrison was named as the suspect in a June 11 fatal stabbing outside China Dynasty, 1689 W. Lane Ave. He’s accused of killing Charles McCoy, 31, of Columbus.

According to the UAPD, Harrison came to police headquarters and turned himself in, but the press released didn’t state when. The statement said he is awaiting a bond hearing.

Police had been looking for Harrison since at lease June 15, when they named him as a person of interest in McCoy’s killing.

The suspect’s vehicle reportedly was found by Columbus police sometime June 19.

Earlier on June 19, an aggravated-murder charge against the man UAPD initially arrested for the killing was dropped at the request of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien after additional investigation by UAPD determined he was not responsible for McCoy’s death.

During a press conference after his name was cleared, the first suspect, Jeffery Lamar Smith, said he thinks a female employee at China Dynasty who, police said, was involved in an argument with McCoy before he was stabbed had given false information that led to his arrest.

Smith said he thinks the woman was trying to cover for her boyfriend, whom Smith and his attorney, Joseph Landusky II, believe stabbed McCoy.

Wednesday’s UAPD press release included an apology to Smith.

“The Upper Arlington Police Division would like to thank Mr. Smith for his cooperation and understanding in this matter,” the release stated. “The Upper Arlington Police Division would also like to apologize to Mr. Smith and his family.”

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Upper Arlington murder suspect's vehicle found

Upper Arlington police have charged a new person with murder following a June 11 fatal stabbing, but they’re still looking for him.

The Upper Arlington Police Division stated in a press release Tuesday night, June 19, that Jeffrey Blaire Harrison has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Charles McCoy outside China Dynasty, 1689 W. Lane Ave., on June 11.

While Harrison now is the suspect in the case, he’s yet to be located. Police released his photo June 19 and have asked anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact police at 614-583-5160. He is described as a black man, 6 feet tall and weighing 195 pounds.

Four days ago, Harrison was named a person of interest, and UAPD investigators said they were working to find him and a dark-green Ford Expedition registered to him.

The vehicle was located in the city of Columbus, a UAPD press release stated June 19. The bulletin didn’t say when the vehicle was recovered or where.

Earlier Tuesday, aggravated murder charges against Jeffery Lamar Smith, the man UAPD originally arrested for the killing, were dropped at the request of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien after additional investigation by UAPD determined he was not responsible for McCoy’s death.

During a press conference after his name was cleared, Smith said he believed a female employee at China Dynasty whom police said was involved in an argument with McCoy before he was stabbed gave false information that led to his arrest.

Smith said he believed the woman was trying to cover for her boyfriend, whom Smith and his attorney, Joseph Landusky II, believe stabbed McCoy.

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