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Stamford Teen Rejects Insanity Defense In Fatal Stabbing At McDonald's

Antonio Muralles, 52, was stabbed to death at a McDonald's in Stamford in March 2015.
Antonio Muralles, 52, was stabbed to death at a McDonald's in Stamford in March 2015. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The attorney representing a Stamford teen charged with stabbing a man to death outside a downtown McDonald's last year said he will present a different side of the story rather than pursue an insanity defense, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Defense Attorney Ryan O'Neill said Marquest Hall, 16, had been offered a plea deal in the March 11, 2015, stabbing death of Antonio Muralles, 52. Hall, who was 15 at the time, is charged as an adult with murder and was held on $2 million bond.

Hall and his attorneys have until a June 29 court appearance to decide whether to take the unspecified plea deal, the Advocate said. O'Neill said his client's version of the story is very different from police accounts, the Stamford Advocate says.

At the time of his arrest, police said the stabbing stemmed from an argument after Muralles accidentally spilled coffee on the suspects.

The suspects attacked him and stabbed him in the heart, said police. Muralles, a native of Guatemala, died after emergency surgery at Stamford Hospital, police said.

James McLamb, 22, of New Haven, was also charged with murder in the case and held on $2 million bond. 

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