Testimony Begins in Mayton Murder Trial

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By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE - Testimony began Tuesday in Dubuque for the Michael Mayton murder trial. Mayton is on trial for the stabbing death of David Tate- a first degree murder charge. He’s also faces an attempted murder charge for the stabbing of Richard Schramm.

Prosecutors say a fight broke out after a long night of drinking.

During opening arguments the Dubuque County Attorney told the jury an alcohol fueled argument at a party led Michael Mayton to stab Richard Schramm.The County Attorney says that’s when Mayton’s friend, David Tate showed up to calm Mayton down.But Mayton ended up stabbing and killing Tate.

Schramm was the first to take the stand. He says Mayton stabbed him in the chest.

Several witness said Mayton’s girlfriend told people to leave him alone because he was on a “bad crack trip”. But the judge told the jury there is no evidence that proves Mayton was using drugs at the time of the incident.

One woman at the party says she was pregnant and not drinking alcohol. She said she watched Mayton stab Tate in the chest. Holly Sharkey said, “he was like, why did you stab me man? I am your friend, I am your friend. “

A Dubuque police officer was the first to respond. She says she found Mayton helping Tate by holding Tate’s stab wounds. Officer Katherine Avernarius said, “I asked him for further details and the eventually said that Richie stabbed his friend.”

Avernarius said people started throwing glass bottles at Mayton to try to knock the knife out of his hand…but she said that only made him angrier.

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