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Miller said he spent a week in the hospital and showed Sokol the scar he received from the incident and also said the stabbing resulted in him having to have ex- ploratory abdominal surgery. Lord's attorney Stephen King said only Radey and Miller's statements were included in the probation re- port, and if Rust's statements had been added, Lord would've been locked in for probation. Miller and Radey testified when the incident occurred, they were at Miller's house along with Miller's room- mate, Ricky Barton, two women, Miller's son and Barton's baby. Lord lived on the same street. Radey said he brought his smoker over and they we:e barbecuing ribs and, Miler ad Barton had been drink- ing some beer. While Miller and Barton were standing on the porch, Miller said Lord rode by on his bicycle. Miller said he heard Lord and Barton ex- change words and said Lord did a gang symbol but then said he didn't know what sign it was. Miller said he told Lord he didn't want that stuff around his child and told him to leave. As a response, Lord said "This is my block." Miller said he walked to the end of the driveway and they got into an altercation. According to Miller, Lord threw the first punch, but it didn't hit him. Miller said he took Lord to the ground and put him in a choke hold and asked him if he was done. Radey said he didn't see the first punch thrown, but during the first altercation Lord and Miller were rolling around in the street. Lord got up and walked away and Radey and Miller both said it looked like he had a cut on his head from the scuffle. After the first incident, Radey said the group started playing in the kiddie pool with Miller's son, when Lord later returned with his parents who did not look happy. According to Radey, Lord's mother and Miller got into a scuffle in the driveway. Miller said Lord's mother allegedly slapped him, while Lord hit him on the left side. When it looked as if he were losing, Miller said Lord started backing away. But then Radey said Lord threatened that he was going to shoot up the house and the kids and that is when Miller ran after him. It was then Miller said he was stabbed. At first, Miller said he thought he had been punched, but he felt some- thing wet and when he looked down, there was a hole in his shirt and he was bleeding all over the side of his body. Miller said he never saw Lord with a knife because when he was stabbed, he was looking at Lord's fac.e. He also said he didn't hear anyone wain him that Lord had a knife. The probation report also said Lord claimed Miller was the one who had a knife, but he testified he did not. Radey, who said he was standing behind his truck in the driveway, said he heard Miller say he was stabbed and saw Lord walking back- ward, across the street and away from his house, with a knife he was trying to conceal behind his back. District Attorney Bob Burns said the knife had never been found, but there were a million things that could have happened to it. Miller said the knife had a four inch blade with a black handle. When Rust testified, he said he was inside his house and at firs t only heard what was going on outside. He said it sounded like Lord was teasing and the men were getting along. However, it escalated and that is when Rust stood up and looked out his window. He said he was about 60 feet from the incident and bushes were blocking some of vision. During the second alterca- tion, Rust said he saw Lord's ,g!;her flY thrgug h the air, w.hich :he ,said. must have meant she had been shoved. Rust also said he saw a "kid fly through the air," and tackle Lord. The two went to the ground and Rust said he didn't see exactly what happened, but Lord jumped up with his hands in the air and said, "He did it himself, he did it to himself, he did it to himself." Miller had testified that he never went to the ground during the second alterca- tion. During closing arguments, District Attorney Bob Burns asked the court to find the defendant did use a knife the knife had never been found, but a million things could've been done with the knife. He asked how plausible is it for a man to stab himself or fall on his knife. He said it was more logical to stick someone who is chasing you. In cross examinations, King asked Radey where he was standing in location to where the stabbing occurred and how he could tell Lord had the knife based on his location and the direction Lord was moving. In his closing argument, King said Miller and Radey only had their stories straight between the two of them and downplayed what happened. However, he said Rust saw what happened and he is a credible witness with contrary information to what Radey and Miller testified. He said the men were barbecuing and that is where the knife came from, but it is unknown if Lord got a hold of the knife or if the stabbing occurred when the men fell to the ground. Dispose of farm and ranch tires The Plumas County Depart- hours. The county will trans- ment of Public Works has fer the tires to Greenville. announced a fourth tire Tires must be removed from amnesty event, their wheels to be accepted. This year the event will be According to Phyllis Taddei, April 24 in Greenville. Inter- the department's fiscal officer mountain Disposal and and event coordinator, a suc- Feather River Disposal will cessful oversized tire program accept oversized farm and could assist the department ranch tires at the Delleker, in repeating the program at Quincy and Chester transfer future events. sites, April 2 - 11, at no cost, For more information, call during regular operating Taddei at 283-6268.