Stabbing: Murder or self-defense?

Staff WriterFebruary 11, 2009 

— Charles Leon Horton Jr. could go to prison for the rest of his life for fatally stabbing a childhood friend with a steak knife, an act that his attorney said was done in self-defense.

Horton, 32, is on trial this week at the Wake County Courthouse in connection with the June 6 stabbing of Ronald Dunn, 37, outside a Holly Springs mobile home park.

The murder trial began in earnest Tuesday morning, with Wake Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitzhugh and defense attorney Duncan McMillan giving their opening statements in the case. Fitzhugh asked jurors to convict Horton of first-degree murder, which would carry a lifetime prison sentence without parole. McMillan urged jurors to consider that Horton acted in self-defense.

Horton and Dunn had been drinking and attending a cookout together in the hours before they fought, Fitzhugh said.

Testimony will continue today.

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