Police: Deadly Christmas Eve stabbing in Dayton was ‘self-defense’

Police: Deadly Christmas Eve stabbing in Dayton was ‘self-defense’
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DAYTON — A man arrested after a deadly Christmas Eve stabbing was released from jail after prosecutors declined charges citing self-defense, Dayton police said.

Ty Hess, 36, of Trotwood was stabbed once in the chest in the parking lot in the 400 block of Briarwood around 7:10 p.m. He died later that night at Miami Valley Hospital, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger.

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Police had arrested Jeremiah Rothgeb, 39, Tuesday afternoon on North Yellow Springs Road. He was released from jail after charges were denied by prosecutors.

“The investigation revealed this incident was preceded by an altercation between the deceased and an acquaintance,” police said in a statement.

Hess’ death was ruled a homicide.