'I'm going to kill you:' Man stabs wife's divorce attorney at Winter Park law firm, police say

Suspect reportedly said he 'overreacted'

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A verbal altercation during a deposition at a Winter Park law firm resulted in a man stabbing his wife's divorce attorney multiple times with a knife he took from the victim, according to the Winter Park Police Department.

Gordon James King, 58, was at the law firm on 401 W. Fairbanks Ave. for a deposition along with his attorneys, his wife and her attorneys. During the hearing, King got upset about a no contact order against him and began yelling, at which time the victim requested that the deposition conclude, according to the report.

The altercation between King and the victim was captured by the stenographer's audio recording.

King pushed one of his attorneys out of the way and made his way toward the victim, asking him, "What are you going to do now you fat little (expletive)?" the affidavit said.

Police said King then punched the victim in the head and chest.

When someone yelled that 911 had been called, King replied, "Well, (expletive) it, then" and slammed the victim's head into a table, according to the report.

"I'm going to kill you right now, you fat little (expletive)," King told the victim, according to the report.

The victim grabbed a knife from his pocket and attempted to slash King's arm to defend himself, police said.

The two men ended up in a corner of a room with King on top of the victim's chest as the man was in a chair, screaming for King to stop attacking him, according to authorities.

"I'm going to kill you, you're going to die right here, I'm going to kill you," police said King told the victim.

Witnesses said they tried to pry the knife away from King but couldn't.

"Well, now you're dead," King said before attempting to slash the victim's throat, according to the report.

The man's hand was injured as he put it up to block the knife from cutting his neck, documents show. King told the victim, "I'm killing you," as he stabbed the man twice in the left side, the report said.

"I think you already have," the victim replied. At that point, police said the attack stopped.

Police said when they arrived, the victim was in a blood-soaked chair, attempting to applying pressure to his wounds while King, who was also stabbed, was in the parking lot.

King's attorneys said they left the room so they did not witness the attack.

Both men were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for their wounds.

While at the hospital, police said King told them that he was going through a "two-year ugly divorce" and he "just lost it again."

King also claimed the victim brandished the knife before the altercation turned physical and that when King realized he'd been cut, he "tried to give him a couple back," the report said.

"I don't know how many times I stabbed him, where I stabbed him, none of that," King said, according to court documents.

Police said King also told them that he delivered "knee spikes" to the victim, which he learned in his former job as a law enforcement officer, and he admitted that he "overreacted" during the incident.

The victim said he was in fear for his life. As a result of the attack, the victim suffered a collapsed left lung, punctures to his diaphragm that required stitches and a deep cut to his right hand, the report said.

King, 58, was arrested Thursday with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. He's being held at the Seminole County Jail on charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and tampering with a victim.

King's arrest warrant said he was out on bond on felony charges in Orange County when the stabbing happened. Court documents show King was arrested for breaking into his ex-wife's car in May 2018. She was granted a domestic violence injunction after that case. 

Police confirmed King used to work for the Orange County Sheriff's Office. A spokesperson for OCSO said he was a deputy from April 2008 through May 2017.
 

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