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Utah man ordered to stand trial in fatal stabbing
Courts » Thompson stabbed party’s host after his cousin was asked to leave, witnesses testify.


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John Clements, who called Wright his best friend, said he didn’t see the fight either. He didn’t know anything was wrong until he heard several women scream.

His best friend was lying in the street, Clements testified. Clements lay down next to him, lowering his cheek to Wright’s face.

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"There was so much blood," Clements testified. "I stayed there with him ’till he took his last breath."

Thompson told police that he didn’t know whether he had cut Wright in the scuffle, but witnesses said he didn’t stick around to find out.

Thompson and his younger cousin got into his car and drove to Spanish Fork, prosecutors said. Along the way, Thompson threw the knife out the car window and stripped off a layer of clothes — he was wearing another shirt and pants — and put the top layer in a Dumpster, according to court documents.

In Spanish Fork, the teen said, Thompson "freaked out" and said, "I hope I didn’t kill him."

Wright died of stab wounds to his throat and abdomen, documents state.

Defense attorneys did not call any witnesses nor make any arguments against the charges, but they did raise the issue that Thompson is a Navy veteran who suffered "an incident on board an aircraft carrier that was very traumatic."

Defense attorney Craig Bainum said they are investigating whether Thompson’s post-traumatic stress disorder may have played a role in the stabbing.

Thompson is scheduled to appear in court next on July 23 for a status conference.


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