Judge denies bail for man charged in fatal stabbing

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A New York man will continue to be held without bail as he awaits trial for allegedly stabbing a Bangor man to death back in the spring of 2013.

That's the decision a judge came to Tuesday in the case of Akeem Harris. He's facing up to life in prison for the death of Thomas Taylor.

Bangor police say both men got into a fight outside of Taylor's apartment off of Ohio Street. They say it all happened because of arguments that a friend of Harris was having with the victim and his girlfriend, and at some point knives were brought into the fight.

That's when the state says Harris stabbed Taylor multiple times in the chest.

Eyewitnesses did offer differing accounts on which man grabbed a knife first. Harris' lawyers say they plan to make the case that their client was only acting in self defense.

"No doubt there will come a time when all the of the witnesses who are involved here will present all of the evidence," said attorney Richard Hartley, who is representing Harris, "We'll be suggesting at that time that this is a situation that while we wish it hadn't happened...that it involved decisions by more than one person."

Harris has pleaded not guilty to murder. He is facing up to life in prison if convicted. His trial is tentatively scheduled for later this year.


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