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Crime/Courts

July 1, 2014

Man charged with stabbing doesn’t recall incident

NORMAN — An Oklahoma City man was charged Monday after a stabbing incident he told police he does not remember, court records show.

Joshua Charles Banta, 32, was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon in Cleveland County District Court. Banta was a front passenger in a vehicle Sunday traveling northbound on Interstate 35 in Moore when a verbal argument with the rear seat passenger broke out, the affidavit filed with the charge said.

“(Banta) became enraged and moved from the front passenger seat to the rear seat and stabbed (the) victim in the upper right arm with a folding pocket knife,” the affidavit said.

Banta then allegedly struck the victim multiple times in the face and head with a closed fist. Moore police noted in the affidavit that the victim had significant swelling around his face and eyes and a non-life-threatening stab wound on the arm near his shoulder.

Both the victim and the driver conveyed the same account of events, the affidavit said.

“(Banta) stated he was drinking heavily and some of his drinks were spiked and he does not remember the incident,” the document states.

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