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Published: Wednesday, 2/5/2014

Toledoan found guilty in stabbing of friend

BLADE STAFF

A Toledo man charged with stabbing his friend in the neck was found guilty of felonious assault Tuesday night following a two-day jury trial in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Antonio Roundtree, 35, of 333 Sheldon St., is to be sentenced Feb. 12 by Judge Linda Jennings.

Roundtree was convicted of stabbing Ruben Rodriguez, 27, during a confrontation outside a bar Dec. 15, 2012. The two men had been friends and business partners, Rodriguez told the jury, but their relationship had deteriorated in the months leading up to the stabbing.

Roundtree, who took the witness stand Tuesday afternoon, said Rodriguez followed him outside the bar and brandished a knife, prompting him to pull out his own knife in self-defense.



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