Facebook posts are issue in Ohio stabbing trial

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A jury in northeast Ohio will decide if a 19-year-old man acted in self-defense when he fatally stabbed another man following a Facebook fight over a woman.

Christopher Dowen is standing trial in Cleveland in the June 30 death of 18-year-old Prentice Dietrich-Smith at his home in Euclid, east of Cleveland.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/18U1GD0 ) reports that an escalating argument on Facebook over Dowen's fiance -- whom Deitrich-Smith had dated -- are an issue in the trial, specifically one Dowen posted earlier that day threatening to beat up the other man.

The stabbing happened after Dowen showed up at Dietrich-Smith's home.

Dowen's attorney told the judge that neither man should be judged by the "stupid" Facebook postings. He said Dowen killed the other man in self-defense. Prosecutors disagree.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html