A murder charge was filed Friday against a Van Nuys man accused in the stabbing death of his 74-year-old stepfather during an argument outside a home in Lawndale on the Fourth of July.

Robert Schneider, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned July 23 at the Torrance courthouse.

The murder charge includes allegations that Schneider used a knife in the commission of the crime Wednesday and that he has a 2017 conviction for second-degree robbery.

Schneider allegedly stabbed his stepfather multiple times in the victim’s driveway, according to prosecutors.

He then allegedly dropped the knife and walked away while witnesses called 911 and followed him until police arrived, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The attack was reported at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of West 159th Street. The two men were arguing — why was unclear — when the younger man allegedly stabbed his stepfather in the mid-torso area with a knife, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The victim, whose name has not been released by the coroner’s office, died at a hospital.

Schneider was detained by deputies several blocks from the residence and has remained behind bars since then.

The knife used in the stabbing was recovered at the crime scene, Schrader said.

If convicted as charged, Schneider could face up to 56 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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