Police: Man killed friend with sword after chess game in
An evening that started with two friends playing chess and drinking beers
ended with one man stabbed to death and another booked on murder charges
Tuesday, Alameda police said.
Kelly Scott Kjersem, a 40-year-old Alameda man, arrived earlier in the evening at 1220 Park Avenue with a 12-pack of beer, police Lt. Bill Scott said.
Kjersem was visiting the home of his friend, Joseph W. Groom, 62, to drink and play chess. The two men played and drank for some time, and later a female friend of Groom’s arrived and began cooking dinner for the two men.
While she was in the kitchen, she heard an argument break out between the two men, Scott said. She didn’t know what it was about, but found the two men had started wrestling.
Groom stopped and retreated to his bedroom, Scott said. When he returned, he was brandishing a sword more than 2 feet long. Police said the sword was made in Pakistan.
… couldn’t they just had a grudge match with Star Trek trivia or something?