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Man claims self-defense from jail

18-year-old William Smallwood admits he stabbed a man, ran, and then turned himself in!

It all happened in Laurel County Wednesday night after an argument went too far.

"I don't feel like I'm a criminal. I feel like I'm a man that saved his own life," said Smallwood.

William Smallwood says it was self-defense stabbing Tommy Smith with a pocket knife.

"It was either that or they was going to bash my head in with a metal pipe. I didn't have no choice," said Smallwood.

It all started and spun out of control at Kathy Caudill's home in Laurel County.

"We got almost to where the little hump in the hill where the light poll is, so Tommy came up from down there," said Caudill.

Caudill says Smith, her daughter's boyfriend, threw the first punch pushing Smallwood over the edge.

The proof is on the blood stained sweatshirt that the altercation got out of hand putting one man in the hospital and another in jail.

"I only stabbed him once and that was just to show him that it's getting serious. You can't just kill somebody for no reason," said Smallwood.

Caudill says she is not taking sides but takes some of the responsibility having raised Smallwood.

"Something that should have never took place in the first place, and I'm sorry that it did. It has tore my life in a ripping roll right now to be truthful," said Caudill.

From jail, Smallwood pleads he was defending himself and had no other choice.

"I was not trying to kill Tommy Smith. I was trying make him realize to get off me," said Caudill.

Smallwood was charged with first degree assault, and Smith is out of the hospital and still recovering according to the family.


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