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Man ordered to trial in Mount Pleasant killing

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Drops of blood at the base of the staircase near where the stabbing took place. Drops of blood at the base of the staircase near where the stabbing took place.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A man has been ordered to stand trial in the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old man at an apartment building in Mount Pleasant.

Judge Thomas Brookover ruled Thursday there is sufficient evidence for 25-year-old Curtis Leachman to go to trial on an open charge of murder and a count of witness intimidation in the death of Tyrone Stanley on Nov. 24. Brookover also approved a request from Isabella County prosecutors to add a charge of carrying a concealed weapon with unlawful intent.

Stanley was stabbed during a fight in the hallway between apartments in the early morning hours.

According to the Morning Sun, defense attorney Thomas Weiss says Stanley was the aggressor and that Leachman was in his home and defending himself when the fight broke out.

In November, WNEM.com caught up with a woman who is friends with the victim and the suspect. Maranda Morrison dated Curtis Leachman for three years. She can't believe her ex-boyfriend is facing an open murder charge in the death of their good friend Tyrone Stanley.

"Tyrone used to come over to our house all the time. They used to just hang out and chill. I never once thought Curtis would do anything like this. I'm just confused on the whole situation. I'm trying my hardest not to freak out with everything that's going on," Morrison said. 

The judge has ordered he receive a court-appointed lawyer. Leachman remains lodged in the Isabella County Jail on $1 million bond. The Morning Sun also says Leachman has convictions for burglary, home invasion and domestic violence.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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