An Arizona father is accused of killing a man who shook his daughter’s bathroom stall in an attempt to get to her. A police report says the incident happened on Aug. 2 in Phoenix, when suspect Melvin Harris, 40, drove to a convenience store to pick up his daughter, who told him that a man had tried to enter her bathroom stall at the shop. Harris had reportedly met the man earlier in the night when he asked Harris for money. After his daughter identified the man, Harris approached him and allegedly punched him in the face before beating and kicking the victim as he lay on the ground moaning. Harris told police that the victim had struck him first and that he didn’t remember beating the victim after he’d fallen to the ground. The victim was hospitalized with a broken nose and brain injuries and died Aug. 7. Harris is accused of second-degree murder. His fiancée told KPHO/KTVK that she believes he was protecting the girl: “I’m not mad at him, I don’t feel like he did anything wrong. I love him. He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they’re wrong for protecting their children,” said Diana Jackson.
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