KGMI News Reporting
By Karen taylor
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Charges of murder and assault against a young Bellingham man have been dismissed just weeks before his trial.
Prosecutors had charged 22-year-old Geoff Spain with second degree murder and first degree assault for stabbing and killing a 17-year-old and wounding his 18-year-old brother at an alcohol-fueled party in February.
Spain’s lawyer Jeffrey Lustick says they expected to go to trial in mid-October.
He says Spain feared for his life when the two teens attacked him as the party turned violent.
Based on the evidence and more than eighty witness accounts, the defense says Spain acted in self-defense.
The affidavit filed yesterday states that the prosecution will not pursue the case in the future.