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Arrest made in fatal stabbing

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Columbus man near the Indianapolis International Airport.

Harley Sims, 24, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a charge of murder in connection with the Jan. 2 stabbing death of Kristopher Aaron Griner, 31, at the Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport Hotel.

A possible motive is unclear, however, as investigators are releasing little information about the slaying.

“Detectives continue to search for additional information (regarding the possibility of other suspects), but do not believe this was a random act,” said Christopher Wilburn, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, in a news release.

Investigators believe the Columbus native was stabbed in the neck in the parking lot of the hotel, 5500 W. Bradbury Ave., on the city’s southwest side. The news release said there does not appear to have been any witnesses.

The wounded Griner, who was not a guest at the hotel, was found in the lobby shortly before 2 a.m. and died a half-hour later in a nearby hospital’s emergency room.

Sims, whose Jan. 7 arrest was not announced for almost two weeks, does not have a criminal history, according to statewide court records. They indicate only minor traffic violations.

The next court appearance for Sims, who is being held in the Marion County Jail, is scheduled for March 6.

Griner suffered from drug addiction for much of his adult life, said his brother, Keith Griner of Seymour.

Because of his brother’s lifelong struggle with drug addiction, Keith Griner has set up a fundraising account at Centra Credit Union in his brother’s memory to donate money to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Indianapolis, a drug treatment and counseling facility.

Griner was the son of Kenneth Griner and Anita Moore Smith. He attended St. Peter’s Lutheran School, Northside Middle School and Columbus North High School.

Besides his parents and a brother, Griner is survived by a daughter, Kaitlyn, and son, Avery.

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