Phoenix man accused of stabbing roommate to death

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Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver
Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver Mykel Cantrel Cooper By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his roommate to death.

Police said 23-year-old Mykel Cantrel Cooper has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Steven Horkovy.

Officers found Horkovy's body Wednesday morning in the apartment he shared with Cooper, which is near 19th and Northern avenues. Investigators believe he was stabbed sometime Tuesday.

Police said they were contacted by behavioral health workers after Cooper claimed he had done something bad to his roommate.

Cooper had just been transported to the facility by officers after allegedly refusing to pay his bill at a restaurant. Police said Cooper indicated he had a mental health case worker and requested to be taken to the facility.

According to police, officers paid Cooper's bill and tipped the wait staff with their own money.

Cooper reportedly admitted involvement in the homicide when interviewed and was booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

His bond was set at $1 million.