Friday, May 24, 2013
Suspect In Stabbing Murder Claims Self-Defense
Anchorage resident Joshua David Wagner, 35, faces charges of murder and criminal mischief after allegedly stabbing 34-year-old Norman Dennis in the head and chest.
Arrested for allegedly stabbing his neighbor to death Friday, 35-year-old Joshua David Wagner was in court today facing charges of murder and criminal mischief.
Anchorage police said they received the 911 call just after 7 p.m yesterday, when a woman caller told dispatchers her boyfriend, 34-year-old Norman Dennis, had been stabbed and was bleeding from multiple wounds to his chest.
When police arrived at the scene, witnesses said Dennis and Wagner had been fighting in the garage of Dennis’ home on the 2900 block of Nugget Lane.
After Dennis locked himself inside the house, critically wounded, they said Wagner smashed several windows in the front of the house, spraying a fire extinguisher inside and yelling that he would kill Dennis.
Both men were driven to local hospitals where Dennis died shortly thereafter.
Today in court, Wagner said he had taken the knife from Dennis out of self-defense.
Wagner is scheduled to return to court next week and is currently being held on $150,000 bail.