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Not-guilty verdict in fatal stabbing

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A Winnipeg man has been found not guilty of second-degree murder in the May 2010 fatal stabbing of Jordan Dallas McIvor.

After a lengthy trial, a jury deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours before returning to court Tuesday and acquitting Joedy Joseph Lavallee, 30, of the murder charge as well as a charge of assault with a weapon.

Lavallee was accused of killing McIvor after the 19-year-old was stabbed in an alley behind 1585 Notre Dame Ave. early on May 11, 2010.

He fought the case and won on the basis he was acting to protect himself from harm, defence lawyer Martin Glazer told the Free Press after the verdict came down.

"It was a clear case of self-defence," Glazer said.

The defence produced an independent witness who testified it appeared Lavallee was being pursued by two men armed with fence pickets just prior to the fatal stabbing.

Lavallee testified on his own behalf, saying he was hit over the head with a board after being spotted hiding behind a Dumpster.

He got up from the ground, swung a knife defensively at McIvor's shoulder and struck McIvor in the heart, said Glazer.

"He's very relieved with the verdict and he can move on now with his life," said Glazer.

Police were called after angry McIvor supporters stood outside the law courts following the verdict, said Glazer.

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