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A man accused of fatally stabbing an ex-con on a New York City subway train earlier this week said he acted in self-defense — and the ex-con allegedly hit the accused man in the ace amid an argument before the pair wrestled on the floor.
What are the details?
Jordan Williams, 20, of Queens was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Tuesday night's fatal stabbing of 36-year-old Devictor Ouedraogo of Brooklyn, WCBS-TV reported.
However, police sources told the station Williams is claiming self-defense and said Ouedraogo was violently harassing passengers aboard the J train.
In addition, a witness told the New York Post that prior to being stabbed, Ouedraogo "took his shirt off, and I heard him say he was going to erase someone."
The witness added to the paper that after Williams got on the train and sat down beside a young woman and across from two older women, Ouedraogo said something to one of the women across from Williams.
Williams rolled his eyes, and one of the women told Ouedraogo “something to the effect of you mind your business, or you stay out of it,” the witness told the Post.
Williams then quietly told Ouedraogo something like “you need to chill, or you need to relax,” the witness added to the paper.
Amid a growing argument, the witness told the Post that Ouedraogo “cracked [Williams] in the face.” Sources also have noted to the paper that Ouedraogo also punched one of the women in the face.
Williams and Ouedraogo started wrestling on the floor, the witness — who ran to another car along with other passengers — told the Post.
From the other car, the witness noted to the paper that he “didn’t see [Williams] pull out a knife, but it looked like he punched [Ourdraogo] in the chest" — and then Ourdraogo “walked through the car doors into the car where everyone was, and I backed up, and he had a hole in the center of his chest, and it was pumping blood, and he had a glossed-over look in his eyes.”
Ourdraogo stumbled out of the train and collapsed at the Marcy Avenue stop in Williamsburg, the witness told the Post. Ouedraogo was later pronounced dead at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, the paper said.
Police sources told WCBS that the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office worked with NYPD officials to examine the evidence and decided to charge Williams because Ouedraogo was not armed and therefore was not putting lives at risk.
Williams has no prior arrests, but the station said he could face up to 25 years in prison if he's found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.
Ouedraogo served three and a half years in prison for an attempted robbery in Queens, the Post said, citing records, adding that he was paroled in April 2012 to immigration.
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.