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Jury acquits man accused in January bus stabbing

J.R. Oppenheim
December 06, 2017 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A jury on Wednesday found a man not guilty in a bus stabbing caught on camera last January.

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The jury returned with a verdict following a three-day trial, acquitting Gregory Dozier on all three counts. The charges against him included attempted murder, robbery and battery.

Albuquerque police accused Dozier of stabbing Elijah Tsethlikai 25 times aboard an ABQ RIDE bus on Jan. 21. A criminal complaint stated the incident began when Dozier tried to grab a necklace from around Tsethlikai's neck.

A struggle between the two men ensued and surveillance cameras aboard the bus showed Dozier stab Tsethlikai.

Michael Patrick, a spokesperson for the Bernalillo County District Attorney, said the fact Dozier stabbed Tsethlikai was not questions. The motive, however, was. Patrick said Dozier claimed he acted in self-defense.

"Unfortunately, the victim had little recollection of the events leading up to the attack and as a result, the defendant was able to make a credible argument for self-defense," Patrick said. "While we disagree with the outcome, we have to respect the jury’s verdict."

Dozier still has a trial pending in Oklahoma on domestic violence charges.

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