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Victim: Wrongly Accused

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 10:22 PM EST
A local man says Asheville police have wrongly accused him of a crime after he was stabbed by an off duty former reserve sheriff's deputy.

Michael Del Buono says he was stabbed in the leg during an altercation with Mark Durner on December 1st last year after a confrontation inside Pack's Tavern.  Del Buono was charged with drunken and disruptive behavior while Durner was set free.

Del Buono was scheduled to appear in court Thursday but had the case postponed.  He wants the charges dropped because he says he was attacked and was only "defending myself."  He says it began with an altercation inside the bar where staff threw Durner out of the establishment.  Del Buono says he was going to his car with his step son when Durner circled around in his car and jumped out and attacked them. 

District Attorney Ron Moore says the case is still under review.  Sheriff Van Duncan has terminated Durner from the reserve deputy staff following his own investigation.  Moore says, "Del Buono came to his offices demanding charged be dropped and was belligerent with staff."  He says he's weighing all the statements and information in the police report before deciding how to handle it.  Del Buono says all he wants, "are the charges to be dropped."

by Frank FraboniVictim: Wrongly Accused


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