FAIRBANKS — Friends and family of last month’s fatal road rage stabbing victim responded with outrage and threats on Tuesday when the suspect’s lawyer said he plans to justify the slaying as a self-defense killing provoked by the victim’s son.
Michael Bostic, 44, is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing 56-year-old Timothy Lund in the parking lot of Frontier Outfitters on March 25.
At Bostic’s arraignment Tuesday, his lawyer Ken Covell entered a plea of not guilty.
He said he plans to introduce information in the case about a previous manslaughter conviction the victim’s son, Wally Lund, has.
Wally Lund was at the scene of the stabbing. Covell said he will argue Lund was the first aggressor.
Lund’s prior conviction and current probation make him a less trustworthy source, Covell said.
After the lawyer’s statement, three men in the audience, including Wally Lund, stood up and began yelling at Bostic who sat chained to other prisoners in the courtroom jury box.
The men said Bostic was “dead” and threatened to go after him while he is in jail. They left the room at the order of a Judicial Services officer.
According to the police report on the stabbing, Timothy Lund and Bostic got into a traffic dispute while Lund was returning from a supply run for his job at Frontier Outfitters.
The fight began when Bostic came out of his vehicle and pulled up his shirt to display a sheathed knife, according to the report.
Apparently enraged by a gesture Lund had made earlier he said, “Why don’t you show me your finger again, old man?” one witness told police.
The comment was followed by “harsh words” and a pushing match between Lund and Bostic that led to both men falling to the ground. Wally Lund, who also works at Frontier Outfitters, hit Bostic with a broom handle and told him to get off of his father, according to the police report.
Timothy Lund was pronounced dead from the stab wound after being taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Bostic was held at gun point after a weapon was retrieved from inside the sporting goods store until police arrived. Police said there was no evidence Timothy Lund was carrying a weapon during the fight.
Bostic has a criminal record in California and Florida, which includes drug possession, knife-related assault, robbery, drunken driving and shooting at an occupied house, Assistant District Attorney Arne Soldwede said. In Alaska, he has no felony convictions.
The first-degree murder charge is punishable with a maximum of 99 years in prison.
Contact Staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545