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Lawyer argues charges against man accused of fatally stabbing angler should be dropped

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The lawyer for a 19-year-old Minnesota man charged with fatally stabbing an angler during a confrontation along the St. Croix River in April says charges against his client should be dropped.

Levi Acre-Kendall, 19, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 34-year-old Peter Kelly following a feud that started on opposite sides of the river at Interstate Park, where they were both fishing with friends the night of April 14.

Now his lawyer has filed a motion that claims the stabbing was self-defense because Kelly initiated the physical confrontation by reaching into the car Acre-Kendall had retreated to for safety and dragged him out, the Star Tribune reports. Then, his lawyer says, Kelly put Acre-Kendall in a "shoulder lock" before Kelly was stabbed in the chest.

Acre-Kendall's attorney has claimed his client acted in self-defense prior to this motion, but the judge ruled in favor of the prosecution. The attorney is now arguing the case should be dismissed because of Wisconsin's "castle doctrine" – a law that gives legal protection in cases of self-defense – noting it also applies to cars.

A motion hearing is scheduled for July 15, the Star Tribune notes.

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