Police: Assault maybe prompted by victim saying racial slurs

3 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 23 2015 Nov 23, 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015 5:45:16 AM CST November 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police said a stabbing earlier this week may have been prompted by the victim uttering racial slurs, but there are questions about whether the man could control his speech.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a 17-year-old boy and 19-year-old Nathan S. Caton were charged with first-degree assault Wednesday after police said they punched and stabbed a man in north Springfield around midnight.

Both suspects told police the altercation was prompted by the victim using the N-word. Surveillance cameras recorded the assault.

The victim's wife told Springfield police that her husband recently suffered a stroke and sometimes unknowingly speaks out loud to himself.

The victim isn't named in court documents. Police said the wounds on his face and chest aren't considered life-threatening.

The suspects are being held on $100,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if they have attorneys.

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