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Stabbing of fan at Dodgers' home opener was self-defense, jury rules

August 17, 2009 |  6:06 pm

A man charged with stabbing a fellow Dodger fan at the team's home opener in April was found not guilty of attempted murder today by a Los Angeles jury.

Kate Hardie, a deputy public defender who represented Arthur Alvarez, 32, argued that her client stabbed the victim in self-defense during a fight. The jury agreed.

Alvarez, a reputed gang member, had attended the Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants with a couple and another man, police said.

Investigators said Alvarez and the other man began quarreling, and Alvarez stabbed the 30-year-old man several times in the arm, back and torso. Alvarez then fled in a black Ford pickup, they said.

-- Andrew Blankstein