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Defense files to have stabbing case dismissed on self-defense grounds

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Hosea White, 43, appears at a preliminary hearing in Natrona County Circuit Court (Gregory Hirst, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The defense counsel for a 43-year-old Casper man accused of stabbing another man during a fight in mid-July has filed to dismiss the charges on grounds of self-defense.

Hosea White entered a not guilty plea in Natrona County District Court on Aug. 10. Defense attorney Marty Scott filed a motion to dismiss the case on Sept. 9, citing statute 6-2-602 (f), which says someone cannot be prosecuted criminally for “use of reasonable defensive force.”

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, officers responded to the park area near the intersection of East 2nd and South Kimball Streets for a reported knife assault, according to the affidavit filed in the case. Multiple individuals, many homeless, were on the scene and had witnessed the fight that led to the stabbing.

Police found the victim with multiple stab wounds, including one that left organs visible to witnesses. White had fled the scene.

Witnesses said the victim had confronted White after White had gotten into an altercation with his wife. The victim reportedly told White he would “beat [White’s] a–“ on the woman’s behalf. White and the victim “squared up,” a witness said, and the victim told White he would “drop him in one punch.”

Witnesses said the victim punched White once before the pair wrestled to the ground. One witness reported seeing “the flash of a knife” during the 30-second fight, during which no additional punches were thrown, witnesses said.

Scott cited the victim’s verbal threats and the initial punch as evidence of him being the aggressor, and that White acted lawfully in self-defense.

White is charged with two felonies: aggravated assault and battery and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to cause bodily injury. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on both charges.

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