Man accused of stabbing fellow fighter

One man is in the hospital with a lacerated liver and spleen, and another man is in custody at Mesa County Jail after an early Tuesday morning fight erupted between two groups of men near 28 3/4 Road and Orchard Avenue, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Corey Francis Smith, 29, who turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, faces a felony charge of first-degree assault. He was in custody Wednesday on a $60,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, Smith on Tuesday told a friend he may have killed someone earlier that day by stabbing him. A man Smith was living with encouraged Smith to turn himself in to the authorities, and the man drove Smith to
the police station, the affadavit said.

In an interview with investigators, Smith claimed self defense, saying he took a butterfly knife away from another man in a fight and then accidentally fell on top of the man and stabbed him. Smith said the knife entered the victim, and he pulled it right out.

That description was inconsistent with the victim’s injuries, the affidavit said.

Police said they do not have the knife allegedly used in the incident. Smith told police he dropped the knife in a Dumpster behind the Monument Inn, but the garbage had been emptied before police went to look for the weapon, the affidavit said.


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