Marine Found Guilty Of 2012 Fatal Stabbing Of Camp Lejeune Marine

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Marine who fatally stabbed another Marine on a Washington street near the barracks has been convicted of manslaughter.

A Superior Court jury on Monday convicted 22-year-old Michael Poth of Washington in the death of 24-year-old Philip Bushong, a lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Prosecutors say Poth and Bushong, who did not know each other, got into an argument on April 21, 2012. Authorities say when Bushong pulled back his fist to hit Poth, Poth pulled out a small pocket knife and stabbed Bushong in the chest. Bushing died two days later.

Poth faces a maximum of 60 years in prison at sentencing Feb. 7.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Marine accused of fatally stabbing another Marine during a fight in Washington told police he was acting in self-defense.

Michael Poth is charged with second degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Philip Bushong on Saturday. Court documents filed Monday say the slaying occurred around 3 a.m. in a neighborhood near the Marine Barracks in Southeast Washington.

The documents say 20-year-old Poth used knife to stab Bushong once in the chest. Bushong, who was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., died at a hospital.

The court documents say Poth told police he stabbed Bushong because Bushong punched him in the head, and Poth was defending himself. Police detectives, however, did not notice any wounds, and Poth did not request medical treatment.

A preliminary hearing will be May 15.

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