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Police: Queens Teen Fatally Stabbed By Barber Over Dispute Over Headphones

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)A Queens barber has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a customer to death with scissors over a pair of headphones, police announced Friday.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Cedric Simpson, 34, was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the fatal stabbing of Carl Richardson.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton the 19-year old college student had come into the Laurelton shop just before 2 p.m. to collect a debt and a fight ensued.

“Around the issue of a set of earphones or a bluetooth type of device between the owner and one of his customers,” said Bratton. “During that dispute, a pair of scissors was used as a weapon that resulted in the death of one of the two individuals involved in that dispute.”

Richardson was a student at Nassau Community College studying to become an occupational therapist. He was selling the headphones to help pay for a car, police said.

Richardson’s grieving father, an MTA conductor, told the Daily News the murder of his son over a $40 set of headphones is trivial and senseless.

Simpson, the co-owner of the barber shop, was taken into custody at the scene.

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