Defendant in Lewiston fork stabbing freedAP , Associated Press
May. 21, 2013 5:39 AM ET
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man facing up to 30 years in prison for allegedly stabbing his friend in the chest with a barbecue fork has been freed after the victim refused to testify against him in court.
In a move that surprised the entire courtroom, Vincent Turner on Monday invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Authorities say the 42-year-old Turner was stabbed in the chest by 43-year-old Tony Leonard during a drunken brawl in October. Prosecutors say the two-pronged barbecue fork penetrated so deeply into Turner's chest that it scraped his aorta and landed him in the hospital in critical condition.
The Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/12II0ex ) reports that after testifying Monday that he and Leonard were friends, Turner clammed up.
Leonard pleaded no contest to assault and was sentenced to time served.
Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com