Stabbing suspect says he acted in self-defense

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A Hill District man accused of stabbing another man in the South Side on Sunday told police he acted in self-defense, according to court documents.

Demetrius Winters, 47, who is legally blind as a result of an attack in Mount Oliver nine years ago, told Pittsburgh police he felt a man punch him and then yell at him, according to a criminal complaint. “Winters said he was in fear for his life since the attacker would not leave him alone,” police wrote.

Police said Mr. Winters had a confrontation earlier in the day with the man he stabbed, Clyde Elliott, 39, of the South Side. Witnesses told police they saw Mr. Elliott run down East Carson Street and across 20th Street and yell, “Don‘‍t you ever come to my mom’‍s house again.” They said Mr. Elliott punched Mr. Winters in the face.

One witness told police, according to the complaint, that Mr. Winters “mounted” Mr. Elliott with the knife raised over his head and stabbed Mr. Elliott at least twice. That witness told police he had to kick Mr. Winters in the face to get him to stop.

Mr. Winters, who could not be reached for comment, faces charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing. Police wrote that Mr. Elliott will be charged with simple assault.


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