Testimony Continues in Dubuque Stabbing Death Trial

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE - Testimony continues Wednesday in Dubuque for a man on trial for a stabbing death last year.

Michael Mayton is on trial for first degree murder in the stabbing death of David Tate last August. Prosecutors say a fight broke out after a long night of drinking. Police at the scene say Mayton told them another man, Richard Schramm, stabbed Tate. But a witness testified she saw Mayton did it.

"When Mr. Mayton was standing in the middle of the street swinging the knife around. I had seen the shadow from the left, coming this way down Stafford and he was right next to Michael," said Holly Starkey, witness.

Several witnesses said Mayton was on drugs at the time of the stabbing. But the judge told the jury there is no evidence of that.

Richard Schramm also had stab wounds, but survived. Mayton's charged with attempted murder for that incident.

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors played an emotional 911 call made by Tate from the scene of the stabbing. Tate told the dispatcher that he had just been stabbed, and the dispatcher was able to keep Tate on the phone for quite some time.

At first, Tate sounded panicked and asked for an ambulance. But as that call went on he started weeping, crying to the dispatcher saying, "I didn't do anything wrong."

As Tate's voice got weaker and weaker, people in the court room including family members and even some people in the jury, become emotional. Mayton was crying as well, covering his face and wiping away tears.

Police officers also took the stand to talk about the victims' stab wounds that they saw when they first got to the scene.
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