Bloody knife in a hand

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A 20 year old from Clifton, Virginia by the name of Kempton Bonds, was accused of the stabbing death of a young lady, but after one mistrial, was found not guilty.

Bonds was accused of stabbing to death 35 year old Tyonne Johns.

Johns was a wedding party caterer; and there were simmering disputes between Bonds and members of the wedding party, which escalated into an argument between Bonds and Johns over who owned the folding chairs that she was loading onto her truck.

Bonds, the former Fairfax County Parks employee never disputed that he reached into his pocket and used a 3-inch folding knife to kill Tyonne Johns, 35, following the party in a Chantilly park.

Witnesses say that Ms. Johns was the aggressive one and witnesses also say that Bonds physically attacked him.

Prosecutors had argued that Bonds’ actions were unreasonable and not an act of self-defense. But Bonds’ lawyer countered that Bonds’ life was in jeopardy during this confrontration.

The jury deliberated for more than two and a half hours before returning the not guilty verdict.