Man found guilty of 2016 death of Jasper Williams

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A verdict was reached in court Monday, as James Stevens has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing of Jasper Williams.

The incident started as an argument on social media and ended with a fight that turned deadly.

James Stevens, the suspect, was the last person to take the stand in Providence Superior Court Friday morning. Stevens does not deny that he stabbed the victim, 24-year-old Jasper Williams to death, but said he was fighting for his own life.

The state pushed for a First-Degree Murder charge. Prosecutors allege Stevens knew exactly what he was doing when he drove to meet Williams in person. Stevens and his defense attorney hinged their case on self-defense.

Williams had just been released from prison after being convicted in a different stabbing.

Both sides argue the other brought the weapon to the fight, but Stevens fled the state after the fight and was arrested by U.S. Marshals more than 2 weeks later in Texas.

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