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Charges dropped after stabbing at Bellingham church

BELLINGHAM -- A charge of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon was dropped this week against a man who stabbed another man in a fight at a Bellingham church.

On Sept. 20, Daniel Myrick, 48, confronted Jason Felton about using facilities meant for homeless people at the Church of Christ, 558 Sterling Drive, according to charging papers filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. Myrick told Felton he shouldn't be there because he's not actually homeless.

In court paperwork prosecutors acknowledged Felton, 42, asked if Myrick wanted to "take it outside," then started the physical altercation by knocking off Myrick's hat and punching him twice, according to the charges. The men fought and tumbled to the ground. In the melee Felton got stabbed in the chest and arm with a kitchen knife. The knife had a four-inch blade. Bystanders broke up the fight.

Prosecutors dismissed the charges Tuesday, Oct. 15, because, in the words of Public Defender Darrin Hall, Myrick had "an overwhelming argument of self-defense."

Deputy Prosecutor James Hulbert would have to disprove that argument, and an investigation didn't turn up enough evidence to do so, he said.

So will Felton face charges?

"No," Hulbert said. "If the police referred a charge to me, I would look at it, but I don't plan to (charge him)."

Myrick spent more than three weeks in jail before getting released Tuesday.

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