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Man Gets 18 Years In Stabbing Death

A Spokanite who stabbed a man to death has been sent to prison for 18 years - doubling his time behind bars.

Keith Studd already is serving an 18-year sentence for an unrelated attempted murder.

Studd, 22, was convicted Sept. 8 of second-degree murder for knifing construction worker David Castle.

The Spokane County Superior Court jury rejected Studd’s claim that he had acted in self-defense during the June 30, 1992, fight near the corner of Pacific and Washington.

Police said Castle, 30, was putting down his duffle bag when Studd punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground.

Before the dazed man could get up, Studd produced a knife with a 6-inch blade and stabbed Castle in the chest, according to police.

There were no suspects until Studd contacted detectives about the stabbing in the summer of 1993.

He was about to be sent to prison for attempted murder after heaving a Molotov cocktail through an open window into a Spokane family’s apartment. , DataTimes MEMO: Cut in the Spokane edition.

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