Man indicted on manslaughter charge

A 29-year-old man was recently indicted by an Ector County grand jury in connection to the stabbing death of his 33-year-old boyfriend.

Arvae Walters was charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, when the grand jury met on May 28.

Walters was arrested and charged March 19 with murder, a first-degree felony, after he reportedly stabbed Albert Chiesa, 33, in the left thigh with a folding knife. Odessa Police Department officers responded to a call about a stab victim at 3:32 a.m. in the 1600 block of Century Avenue.

Walters reportedly told OPD detectives that he and Chiesa smoked methamphetamine prior to the incident, an OPD affidavit stated.

At the scene, officers saw Walters’ hands saturated in a red, blood-like substance, the affidavit detailed. He was transported to OPD where he made a statement against his own penal interest and admitted to stabbing Chiesa with a folding knife.

Walters reportedly waived his Miranda Rights and stated that Chiesa assaulted him by striking him in the head and back. Walters reportedly didn’t have any injuries consistent with his statement. Walters stated “it wasn’t really that bad” when talking about his injuries, the affidavit detailed.

Walters was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He had a bond reduction hearing on Monday and has one bond totaling $150,000. Court records showed Walters waived his arraignment hearing on Wednesday. Walters was still in jail as of Thursday morning, jail records show.

Walters’ attorney is Michael McLeaish.