Woke NYC District Attorney Alvin Bragg has dropped the charges against the bodega worker who stabbed an attacker in self-defense; Bragg says his office “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in his use of deadly physical force.”
According to Fox News, “Bragg’s office faced harsh criticism for bringing the charge against Jose Alba earlier this month despite footage suggesting the deadly stabbing was justified as self-defense.”
Alba stabbed attacker Austin Simon during an angry confrontation after Simon he went behind the counter and grabbed Alba by the collar.
“Following an investigation, the People have determined that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in his use of deadly physical force. As such, the People will not be presenting the case to a Grand Jury and for the reasons provided in the attached memorandum, hereby move to dismiss the complaint,” Bragg wrote in court documents obtained by Fox News.
From Fox News:
With Simon holding him by the collar and forcibly pushing him out, Alba grabbed a knife from a shelf beside the counter and repeatedly stabbed Simon as they struggled, prosecutors said.
Simon was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The medical examiner said he suffered six sharp force injuries, including one stab wound to the left side of his neck that injured the internal jugular vein.
Court documents noted that Alba is 61 years old and five-feet-seven-inches tall, while Simon was 35 years old and six feet fall. Simon had a box cutter visible in his right front shorts but did not display it at any point during the confrontation, according to Alba’s account to police and surveillance video.
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Manhattan DA moves to drop murder charge against NYC bodega worker in deadly stabbing https://t.co/FxucqHSLIK
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