Grand jury declines to indict man in bus stabbing

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Jefferson County grand jury has decided not to charge a man who was accused of fatally stabbing a teenager and injuring another on a public bus this month.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad said a video of the stabbings presented to the grand jury showed Anthony Rene Allen retreating when he stabbed 14-year-old Me'Quale Offutt and a 13-year-old girl. Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine told reporters people can use deadly force if they think their lives are in danger.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1dvLL05) said Allen was released Wednesday and charges of murder, assault and tampering with evidence were dropped.

Offutt's death inspired a vigil Saturday night, and teens later erupted into sprees of robbery and assault that went on for about three hours. Conrad said he didn't know if any of the teens gathered for the memorial were involved in the violence.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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