DUBUQUE - It may have been a racial slur that started a fight in Dubuque that left one man dead and other seriously injured.
Michael Mayton is on trial for the stabbing death of David Tate. In court on Thursday, the jury watched tape of investigators interviewing Mayton right after the stabbing.
Moments after police arrested Michael Mayton for disorderly conduct, he told investigators his neighbors called him a racial slur.
Mayton had invited his friend Tate to come over, but told him watch out because the neighbors were starting stuff.
Mayton first told police he didn't have a knife, but later said he remembered he did.
"When I seen people coming towards the gate and I was like 'woah, what's the problem'. And I went up got a knife and come back down," Mayton said on the tapped interview with investigators.
Mayton told police he was scared and wanted to protect himself. At first he said he didn't swing the knife but later admitted he was swinging it.
The investigator asked, "did you tell me you might have stabbed someone, you might have cut someone?"
"I might have, but I wouldn't stab my own buddy," Mayton responded.
Mayton says Tate arrived when the fight was in progress. Prosecutors say that's when Mayton stabbed Tate. But Mayton says it was someone else in the fight who did it.
"I would not intentionally stab my friend. I would not intentionally stab my neighbor. It wouldn't happen like that," said Mayton.
Prosecutors plan to rest their case Friday afternoon.
Mayton also faces attempted murder for the stabbing of Richard Schramm. Schramm survived the incident.