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“There were two of them,” he stated to police. “I was defending myself.”

According to police reports, Mr. Poth stabbed Bushong once in the chest. A later autopsy report would show the blade pierced his heart.

After he was stabbed, Bushong lifts his shirt to examine his injury before toppling face first into the ground and out of sight of the camera.

Mr. Poth fled the scene but was caught by several Marines,who found a bloody knife in his pants pocket.

Mr. Liebman told the court that Mr. Poth was issued “less than honorable” discharge papers early Wednesday, which stemmed from previous behavior within the Marines. This included underage drinking, synthetic drug use, and behaving inappropriately during an investigation of the latter offense. Mr. Liebman said Mr. Poth had to be handcuffed at the time because he was so out of control, and he shouted expletives at fellow Marines.