A grand jury has refused to indict a man who was chased by a mob and fatally stabbed a 15-year-old girl in the ensuing melee, but he still is being held by immigration authorities, his lawyer said Thursday.
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Winston Alladin, 39, insulted a mother for cutting in line in front of him at a bus stop and then was chased by several angry passengers and a neighborhood mob, police said at the time of the June incident.
Alladin told grand jurors that he did not mean to hurt anyone and only pulled a knife to scare off 10 or more teenage attackers who followed him off the bus and beat him, said lawyer Kevin O'Donnell. Alladin stabbed Keyanna Jones in the chest when she went at him, O'Donnell said.
The people in the mob threw rocks at him, rammed him with shopping carts and took turns punching him, and two of the teenagers spoke of having a gun and a knife, O'Donnell said.
``This was truly a case of self-defense,'' the lawyer said. ``He was in legitimate fear of his life.''
It was unclear whether immigration authorities would seek to deport Alladin, who remained in detention as of Thursday, but after the trauma of recent weeks, he wants to return home to Trinidad, O'Donnell said.
Thank God everyone involved was the same color or it would be a long, hot summer with a lot of Al Sharpton on TV.