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UPDATED: No charges filed in death of man found in Hilltop alley

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 10, 2012 at 6:45 am |
May 10, 2012 2:10 pm
Stanley Howard

UPDATED at 2:05 p.m.

Pierce County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a 46-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing another man early Wednesday.

Phil Sorensen, assistant chief criminal deputy prosecutor, said the man acted in self-defense.

The man had been arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Stanley Howard.

The 56-year-old Tacoma man was found dead early Wednesday in an alley off South 19th Street between South M Street and South Sheridan Avenue.

Tacoma police detectives say Howard and the 46-year-old man have known each other for several years. They had an argument either late Tuesday or early Wednesday and Howard made threatening comments toward the younger man, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The two then parted ways.

A while later, Howard showed up at the man’s Hilltop home. He knocked on the door and called the man outside. Howard had a knife, Fulghum said.

The younger man also had a knife. Howard tried to attack the younger man. A confrontation ensued and Howard was stabbed in the chest, Fulghum said.

Howard walked away from the home. A woman called Tacoma police about 3:15 a.m. after spotting his body in the alley.

Howard appeared to have been headed in the direction of his home, Fulghum said. A knife was found with his body.

The other man heard about the discovery and went to the scene. He talked to detectives about his fight with Howard and was arrested.

“He had no idea it was as serious as it ended up being,” Fulghum said.

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