FAIRBANKS - A man accused of a stabbing a man to death waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday, pushing a trial date to August at the soonest.
Michael Bostic, 44, is accused of first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing 55-year-old Tim Lund to death outside Frontier Outfitters in a road-rage related incident March 25.
Moving the trial back gives lawyers more time to prepare, but requires the consent of the defendant.
The lawyers said Wednesday that if not August, the trial might take place in October.
According to the criminal complaint against Bostic, a fight leading to the stabbing began when Bostic followed Lund to a loading dock at Frontier Outfitters where Lund works.
Tim’s nephew, Wally Lund told police he heard the Bostic say “Why don’t you show me that finger again, old man,” while displaying a sheathed knife. In the ensuing fight, Lund was stabbed. He died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital not long after.
Another Frontier Outfitters employee also told police he saw Bostic and Tim Lund fight from the time both men were standing yelling at each other.
A third store employee, who held Bostic at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive after the stabbing, told police Bostic said “he cut me off at the intersection.”
At a hearing in April, Bostic pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Ken Covell, said he plans to argue that he stabbed Lund in self-defense.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.