Man ordered to trial in South Side stabbing, another charged

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On the same day a legally blind man was ordered to stand trial on charges that he stabbed a man in the South Side, the man he is accused of attacking was charged with punching him.

Demetrius Winters, 47, of the Hill District, was ordered following a preliminary hearing today to stand trial on charges that he stabbed Clyde Elliott, 39, of the South Side Slopes, earlier this month, according to court records.

Pittsburgh police charged Mr. Elliott via summons today with simple assault, saying that he punched Mr. Winters.

Pittsburgh police wrote in court documents that the pair had a confrontation July 20, the details of which are not outlined in a police report. Later in the day, about 8:45 p.m., witnesses 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," according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Mr. Elliott punched Mr. Winters in the face and Mr. Winters then "mounted" Mr. Elliott with a knife raised over his head and stabbed Mr. Elliott at least twice.

Mr. Winters claimed self defense in his conversations with police, saying that he felt a man punch him and then yell at him. He told police, according to the complaint, that the person who punched him did not say anything prior to the punch and he "was in fear for his life since the attacker would not leave him alone."

First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM


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