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Lance Cpl. Philip Bushong Slain by Fellow Marine

WASHINGTON– Michael Poth, a Marine, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Philip Bushong on Saturday, April 21. According to court documents, Poth, 20, claims Bushong punched him in the head, and that he acted in self defense when he stabbed Bushong around 3 a.m. in a neighborhood near the Marine Barracks in Southeast Washington, D.C., less than a block from the residence of Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant. Police detectives did not notice any wounds on Poth, and he did not request medical treatment.

According to a witness, the two Marines had met on a sidewalk on 8th street and had a verbal altercation. The argument turned violent and the witness overhead Poth call Bushong a gay slur before stabbing him. Bushong, who was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was rushed to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

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