Archive for Saturday, December 4, 1999

JURORS ACQUIT MAN IN STABBING CASE

December 4, 1999

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A jury on Friday found a 25-year-old Lawrence man not guilty of stabbing another man outside a party this summer, but he is now in the Douglas County Jail and might be sent to prison.

Bowen Dino was acquitted of the aggravated battery charge in the Aug. 21 stabbing, but Kansas Department of Correction spokesman Bill Miskell said Dino would have to face a parole board to see if he would return to prison.

On Feb. 2, 1996, Dino began a 30-month prison sentence for a Barton County drug-related conviction, Miskell said. The state's parole board allowed his release on April 21, 1998, and he was arrested after the stabbing this summer.

Miskell said although jurors didn't convict Dino, he could serve up to 180 days in prison if the parole board finds he violated any condition of his parole. If he earns good time, Dino can cut the sentence to 90 days.

The three-day trial ended with the acquittal Friday, which followed hours of testimony that pitted Dino's claims of self-defense against Aron Guthrie's

Guthrie, 21, was unable to identify Dino as his attacker. Guthrie testified he drank whiskey and beer the night of the stabbing and wasn't immediately aware he had been stabbed. He had a punctured lung from a chest wound and facial nerve damage from a cut below his left ear. Prosecutors showed jury members the buck knife used in the stabbing.

Dino's attorney, Michael S. Holland, repeatedly reminded jurors that Guthrie tried to engage Dino in an altercation and that the stabbing occurred only after Guthrie broke a window and kicked a car belonging to Dino's girlfriend, causing about $2,800 in damage.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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