Mest Frontman Released From Jail

Mest singer Tony Lovato was released from jail yesterday morning after admitting he stabbed a man in a parking lot.

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A fairly swift resolution in the rather shocking stabbing case involving former Mest vocalist Anthony Lovato.

According to reports, Lovato was released from jail yesterday morning after the district attorney reviewing the facts of the case declined to prosecute Lovato, 26, after he determined that "Mr. Lovato was acting in self-defense in the incident."

Lovato had confessed to the fatal stabbing of Wayne Hughes, 25. Sandi Gibbons, a spoksperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office explained:

"We determined that the suspect and victim had dated the same girl back-and-forth for over a year, There had been threats, and the victim sent several threatening messages to the suspect. Apparently, there was some mutual combat and Lovato attempted to separate himself from the victim when the victim challenged him to a fight.

"The victim followed Lovato to an isolated spot in the underground garage and tried to fight him. Lovato defended himself, and there was insufficient evidence to show that it was not a justifiable use of reasonable force in self-defense."

According to police, Hughes and Lovato got into an argument in the parking garage of a Studio City, California, apartment complex. After Lovato was punched by Hughes, Lovato reportedly took out a knife and stabbed Hughes multiple times, after which either he or the woman called 911 to report the crime.

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    Dirk Gently
    Hmm. There are facts missing because as far as I know you can't escalate the level of the violence and claim self-defense.
    well, as far as i know, if YOU feel your life is in danger, than you can do something like that..but seeing as how all the other guy was doing was wanting him to fight, hmm..its hard to pick a side on this one
    Dirk Gently
    Well, this is what California State Law Section 195(2) says:
    195. Homicide is excusable in the following cases: 2. When committed by accident and misfortune, in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or upon a sudden combat, when no undue advantage is taken, nor any dangerous weapon used , and when the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner.
    Likewise, section 197(3) says:
    197. Homicide is also justifiable when committed by any person in any of the following cases: 3. When committed in the lawful defense of such person, or of a wife or husband, parent, child, master, mistress, or servant of such person, when there is reasonable ground to apprehend a design to commit a felony or to do some great bodily injury, and imminent danger of such design being accomplished; but such person, or the person in whose behalf the defense was made, if he was the assailant or engaged in mutual combat, must really and in good faith have endeavored to decline any further struggle before the homicide was committed;
    So like I said, there must be facts missing for the DA to have dropped the case so quickly.