Panama City man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices

Posted at 8:12 AM, Apr 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-23 08:12:26-04

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A man charged with fatally stabbing a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Orlando Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the 2015 death of Caleb Joshua Halley. Thompson faces up to life in prison for the crime.

Panama City police say 33-year-old Halley was working at Buddy's Seafood Market when he and a co-worker, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, began arguing about how much spice to add to the restaurant's gumbo.

Authorities say Thompson slashed Halley across the torso. He died two days later. The two had also been roommates at one point.

According to the police, Halley portrayed Florida State mascot "Chief Osceola" from 2004 to 2007.

The News Herald reports family members of both men wept when the verdict was read.