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Spokane man says he was stabbed while confronting neighbor over stolen marijuana

Matthew T. Woodford, right, appears in Spokane County Superior Court by video feed from the Spokane County Jail on Friday, June 28, 2019. He’s accused of stabbing his neighbor during a dispute over marijuana. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)
Matthew T. Woodford, right, appears in Spokane County Superior Court by video feed from the Spokane County Jail on Friday, June 28, 2019. He’s accused of stabbing his neighbor during a dispute over marijuana. (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)

The victim of Thursday night’s stabbing in north Spokane said he was confronting his neighbor over stolen marijuana when he was attacked, according to court records.

The suspect in the stabbing, Matthew T. Woodford, 23, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court to face a first-degree assault charge on Friday. Court Commissioner John Stine set his bond at $25,000.

The victim, Rhyan Shore, was treated for two stab wounds at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday he had been released.

Woodford has no violent criminal history and was acting in self-defense, public defender Anna Nordtvedt said in court.

Woodford is on probation for two convictions of driving under the influence and has no income, Stine said. That influenced his bond amount, which is lower than the $100,000 the prosecutor requested.

Police responded to the stabbing at 4727 N. Monroe St. at about 7 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrived to find Shore bleeding in the front of the house and immediately began life-saving measures to prevent blood loss.

Woodford told police Shore had been hanging out at Woodford’s house, and the two were about to take psychedelic mushrooms, but Shore left. Shore came back shortly afterward and tried to get into the house through a window. Woodford said he used a knife to defend his property.

Shore later told police he went back to confront Woodford about the stolen weed. He knocked on Woodford’s open front door, then reached in to move the curtains aside and talk to Woodford. Woodford yelled and swore at him to get out and then “swung at him with something and stabbed him,” according to court records. He suffered stab wounds to the right shoulder and right armpit.

Stine said the stabbing was “mildly provoked.”

Shore ran back to his house, where his mother heard him say that he had been stabbed “over some pot,” according to court records. She called 911. He was conscious but in critical condition as paramedics took him to the hospital.

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