Panhandle Man Accepts Plea-Deal in Stabbing

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Panhandle man faces 20 years
in prison for fatally stabbing another man during a party.

As part of a deal with Bay County prosecutors, 25-year-old Chesley Williams agreed to plead no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder. His trial had been scheduled for next week.
He had been claiming self-defense.

Authorities say Williams stabbed 23-year-old Paul Anthony Brown at the Bluewater Inn in January. Both men had been outside smoking cigarettes when they got into a fight. There were no witnesses to the stabbing, and it's not clear how they began to argue.
Prosecutors say Williams stabbed Brown six to nine times.
A judge is scheduled to approve the plea deal and sentence Williams on Monday.
Information from: The News Herald,
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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