Marshall man facing charges for alleged stabbing

| February 23, 2018
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SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Charges have been filed against a Marshall resident stemming from an incident in Marshall Wednesday, February 21.

Officers with the the Marshall Police Department were called to the 400 block of East Gordon Street in Marshall to reports of a disturbance in progress, according to a probable cause statement filed in Saline County.

Upon arrival, an officer found that a victim had been stabbed by 27-year-old Novas Vasantino Durley. Police observed a male victim with a hole in his shirt and blood soaking through the shirt.

When officers made contact with Durley, a black in color paring knife was taken from his person, which matched a description given to officers by the reporting party and victim.

Durley told police he had gone to the location the stabbing took place after the victim had arrived at Durley’s residence, reportedly against Durley’s wishes.

The unnamed victim, according to Durley, arrived at his house and was banging on the door, which caused Durley concern, he said. Durley alleged that the house had previously been robbed, leaving him with a heightened sense of caution. Durley alleged that the other man first began to fight with him, causing Durley to pick up the knife to defend himself. Durley told officers he was hit over the head with a metal bar.

Multiple children were present at Durley’s residence during the altercation, the probable cause statement alleges.

Durley struggled with the other man and told officers he did stab his victim, however said it was done in self defense. Investigators noted injuries on Durley’s person were consistent with his described injuries and a metal bar was found near the scene.

A witness, however, told officers in a written statement that the victim was seen running from the suspect’s house back to his own residence with Durley chasing after his victim. The witness alleges that he saw produce what appeared to be a knife and make a stab-like motion, however denied actually having a clear view of the altercation.

The victim told officers the fight had originally started as a family matter.

Durley, who has been convicted of multiple crimes in the past, is now charged with felony assault in the first degree causing serious physical injury to a special victim and felony armed criminal action.

Bond for Durley was set at $250,000, cash only, with conditions. He is currently in custody at the Saline County Jail.

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