Charges won't be filed in stabbing death of Havelock man

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM.

Whitney was convicted of trespassing at the Smith family home in October 2013, serving time in jail.

“Mr. Smith reported fearing that Mr. Whitney might harm him as a result,” Thomas said. “The physical evidence at the scene, along with the witness statements gathered by police, the autopsy results and other information leads me to conclude that Mr. Smith’s actions were justifiable and that he acted in self-defense, given all of the facts and circumstances. It is an unfortunate and tragic event, but there does not appear to be a basis for criminal charges.”

Whitney had misdemeanor convictions for possession of a controlled substance and for wanton injury to personal property greater than $200 in Hyde County and had served a month and a half in jail in 2013, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections website.

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