Man pleads not guilty in medication-linked fatal stabbing

A 58-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to fatally stabbing another man who died after suffering from an allergic reaction to medication he was taking in connection with the attack.

Mack Sadler waived his right to a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree assault, Mesa County Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Savage said.

A five-day trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 10.

Police allege Sadler stabbed 32-year-old Douglas Bennett outside Sadler’s home on Jan 29.

The two had received a courtesy ride home from a local bar and Sadler told investigators
Bennett harassed him during the ride. A fight ensued when they arrived at Sadler’s home in the 3100 block of Brownie Circle, and Sadler fell down during the fight, got up, pulled out a pocketknife and stabbed Bennett, according to court records.

Sadler claimed he acted in self-defense.

Bennett was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and treated and released. But on Feb. 3, a day after his release, he suffered an allergic reaction to medication prescribed to him and died. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office ruled that the stabbing caused Bennett’s death.

Public Defender Ryan Esplin told District Judge Valerie Robison that he’s considering a plea offer from prosecutors. Plea negotiations are ongoing, Savage said.

He said a member of Bennett’s family asked District Judge Valerie Robison to increase Bennett’s $60,000 bond, but Robison declined.


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