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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son charged with stabbing neighbor in California dispute, faces up to 10 years if convicted

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/25/2020 Nancy Dillon
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wearing a suit and tie: Adam Abdul-Jabbar, who once appeared on “Celebrity Family Feud,” was taken into custody Wednesday and released a short time later after posting bond. © Provided by New York Daily News Adam Abdul-Jabbar, who once appeared on “Celebrity Family Feud,” was taken into custody Wednesday and released a short time later after posting bond.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son has been charged with multiple felonies for allegedly stabbing his neighbor repeatedly following an argument over trash cans, prosecutors in southern California said Tuesday.

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, of San Clemente, is facing up to 10 years behind bars if convicted as charged, the Orange County District Attorney said.

The 60-year-old victim suffered a fractured skull and nearly died from blood loss after collapsing outside of the emergency room, prosecutors said.

The son of the basketball legend was charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of carrying a dirk or dagger and three enhancements of inflicting great bodily injury in connection with the alleged June 9 attack.

He faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison if convicted on all counts.

According to prosecutors, a man who shares a driveway with Adam confronted him about not taking in the trash cans for an elderly roommate.

The argument escalated, and Adam allegedly stabbed the neighbor multiple times with a large hunting knife, including in the back of the head, causing a fractured skull and a brain bleed, prosecutors said.

The man’s wife drove him to the hospital, and he collapsed in front of the emergency room, officials said.

“A dispute between neighbors should never escalate to violence, much less the ruthless nature of this attack,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Orange County and those who choose to inflict violence on others will be prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Attempts to reach Adam’s lawyer Shawn Holley were not immediately successful Tuesday.

Adam is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 9.

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