Man held in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A dear friend. A mentor. A fog light in an often stormy world.

These are the words used by family and friends to describe Daniel Aftowski, the 42-year-old man found stabbed to death in his Duluth apartment on Feb. 9.

After nearly two months on the run, the man accused of killing him is behind bars.

Marcus Dewayne Huff, 35, of Norcross, turned himself in to an off-duty DeKalb County police officer Sunday. Gwinnett investigators questioned him Monday and took him to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Officers discovered Aftowski's partially covered body while performing a welfare check at his Arbor Drive apartment. According to arrest warrants, he had been stabbed more than 30 times.

Authorities have hinted that the two men knew each other and that Huff didn't immediately leave the apartment after the killing.

Speaking generally, Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly said, "Commonly, the victim's body and/or face are covered by the perpetrator because (she or he) feels guilt about what they have done. The presence of a visible corpse makes the doer uncomfortable in his remorse."

Despite reports that the altercation was over money, police said the motive for the slaying remains under "close scrutiny."

"Detectives are attempting to establish the exact nature of the dispute and how it escalated to murder," Kelly said. "It is a task made difficult since the only surviving witness with full knowledge of this is the suspect himself."

Prison records show Huff served a stint in the Georgia Department of Corrections for 1999 convictions in DeKalb County for theft, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.