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Ex-park worker acquitted in Fairfax wedding death

CHANTILLY (AP) A former Fairfax County park employee who was accused of fatally stabbing a caterer during a dispute at a wedding has been found not guilty.

A jury returned the verdict for 20-year-old Kempton A. Bonds on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported. An earlier trial ended in a mistrial after that jury failed to agreed on a verdict.

In 2016, Bonds was overseeing the wedding facility and later got into an argument with 35-year-old Tyonne Johns over chairs. The argument ended with Bonds stabbing Johns with a three-inch pocket knife.

Bonds testified that Johns was attacking him and that he feared for his life. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon Shapiro argued that Bonds’ use of force was out of proportion with the threat.

Bonds was represented by Peter Greenspun of Fairfax.

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