Richards Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor in Stabbing CasePosted: Updated:
The trial of Joshua Richards, who was accused of stabbing a man in Watertown last summer, ended with a guilty plea to a lesser charge.
The plea deal from the district attorney's office came after several people testified in Richards' Jefferson County Court trial on charges he stabbed then-25 year old Nathan Smith.
Richards pleaded guilty to attempted tampering with physical evidence, a misdemeanor.
Richards, from North Ogden, Utah, was indicted last fall on charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the June 8 stabbing, which happened at the corner of Boon and Arsenal streets in Watertown.
Among those testifying were the alleged victim and a friend of Richards.
Testimonies revealed Richards may have been acting in self defense and at one point Smith had knocked Richards to the ground, pinned him with his knee and was choking him.
Prosecutor Patty Dziuba said details that came out on the stand led the prosecution to change course.
Defense attorney John Hallett told 7 News the victim's testimony poked holes in the case against his client.
Richards and his friend who testified had at one point thrown the pocket knife that was allegedly used to stab Smith out of a car window and onto the roof of a building.