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Supreme Court hears self- defense argument in appeal of 2015 murder conviction

Mar 17, 2017 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE (AP) -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has heard arguments in the case of a man convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing a man to death in Laramie.

Attorneys for 31-year-old John Michael Schnitker argued Thursday he had the right to claim self-defense in the death of 59-year-old Clinton Garman in 2015.

The high court took the arguments under advisement and will rule later.

Prosecutors say the confrontation happened after Schnitker began rummaging through Garman's truck on Garman's property.

Garman confronted Schnitker with an axe, and Schnitker allegedly Garman with a knife from the truck.

Garman died later at a hospital.

A jury last year convicted Schnitker of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Jurors also convicted him of battery for attacking another man earlier that day.

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