A grand jury will review the case of a Lexington man charged with murder after a stabbing victim died.
Christopher Brogli, 20, died Monday night, four days after being stabbed during a fist fight on Lombardy Drive. The Fayette County coroner's office said Brogli died of multiple stab wounds.
Police said Rio Brown, 19, stabbed Brogli.
Lexington police Det. Robert Wilson testified Thursday at a preliminary hearing that Brogli was stabbed once in the back and twice in the left side of his torso.
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Wilson said investigators think the men had been fighting over money that had gone missing about a week earlier.
Tucker Richardson, Brown's attorney, said it was too early to say whether he would pursue the case as self-defense, but from what he knew, Brogli had initiated the fight. Brogli had been calling Brown out of a friend's house on Lombardy Drive, Richardson said.
Brown "ended up having to leave the house, and when he did, the guy jumped him ... and this boy was twice as big as him," Richardson said.
According to Wilson's testimony, Brown told officers that Brogli had him in a headlock when he drew the knife and stabbed Brogli.
Brown is "sorry that it came out like that," Richardson said. "He had no intention of hurting him, he just wanted to get this big boy off of him."
Brogli's family could not be reached for comment. Two women who live on Lombardy Drive who identified themselves as friends of Brogli declined to comment Tuesday.
Both Brown and Brogli have previous criminal charges in Fayette County.
In March 2009, Brogli was charged with first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and alcohol intoxication during a fight at 542 Judy Lane.
According to court records, Brogli had gone to visit his ex-girlfriend, but the woman's grandmother told him to leave. Police said Brogli shoved the grandmother, then held a man down while another man stabbed him during an ensuing fight.
The felony assault charge was dropped, and Brogli served 90 days in jail for the other charges, court records show.
Brown has had previous drug charges and a federal weapons charge, but no previous violent arrests in Fayette County.
During a traffic stop in April 2009, Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. An officer also found a sawed-off shotgun, with the serial number filed off, in Brown's car.
The case was transferred to federal court, where Brown pleaded guilty in January to possessing an unregistered firearm. He got three years' probation, court records show.