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A Fredon man facing charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and robbery is arguing self-defense. Kyle Chirip is accused of stabbing a Stillwater man six times with a knife and he reportedly thought it would help him get initiated into the Bloods street gang.
According to the New Jersey Herald, Chirip's lawyer described an alternate version of the incident.
" ... it's the surrounding circumstances that began at 2 a.m. when Timothy Martin (the victim) stole a knife. Martin started getting aggressive. Kyle Chirip goes out to maybe smoke a joint, (Chirip) puts his hand on (Martin's) car door, and Martin grabs his hand."
Chirip isn't the only person to face charges from the stabbing. Tyler Godfrey, of Newton, admitted to being a coconspirator in the case accepted a plea deal in May. He apparently instructed Chirip to stab the man because he was afraid the police would find out he was selling drugs.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.