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Associated Press, Published March 02 2013

Attempted murder charge dropped in stabbing case

MINOT, N.D. – An Arkansas man detained for nearly a year and a half has been released from a North Dakota jail after an attempted murder charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence and the credibility of witnesses.

Thomas James Mashburn was set to go on trial Monday. Instead, he left Friday on a flight to Arkansas to reunite with his wife and four daughters.

Mashburn had been accused of stabbing another man in the throat outside a Minot bar over the 2011 Labor Day weekend.

Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kasson filed the motion to dismiss on Thursday.

Mashburn’s attorney, Kerry Rosenquist, said the physical evidence at the scene did not jive with what witnesses were saying.