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St. Clair Shores Man Charged With Stabbing His 'Best Friend'

A 17-year-old St. Clair Shores man was charged Tuesday with assault with intent to murder after he allegedly stabbed his "best friend" four times.

A 17-year-old St. Clair Shores man was charged Tuesday in with assault with intent to murder for allegedly stabbing his "best friend" four times with a steak knife.

Shane Spatafore was spending the night with his "best friend" since seventh grade when he is alleged to have gotten into an argument about 2:30 a.m. Monday with the 17-year-old, grabbed a steak knife and stabbed him four times.

St. Clair Shores Police Det. Margaret Eidt stated during his arraignment that the force of the stabbings bent the knife blade, punctured a lung and may have caused internal bleeding.

He then fled the scene, damaging patio furniture at a neighbor's house on 13 Mile Road, before he was located by police. Spatafore is alleged to have resisted arrest, and had to be subdued by a Taser before he was taken into custody, police said.

Defense attorney David Pietroski stated that Spatafore was at his friend's house, and once the others at the sleepover started using a liquid acid, he went to bed.

"He didn't want to get involved," Pietroski said.

Pietroski said his client believes he was drugged while sleeping, which may have contributed to the assault.

Despite a request to be placed on house arrest, 40th District Court Judge Joseph Oster set bond at $200,000 and arraigned him on one count of assault with intent to murder, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of malicious destruction of property. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

The student and football player, who was to start school this week, will be held in the Macomb County Jail prior to his next court date on Sept. 14.

In addition to the assault, Spatafore is also facing car theft and breaking and entering a vehicle charges in and . In both of those cases he is charged as a juvenile.

MichiganState333 September 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Well.. With his background, I know he is not the type of person to back down from acid and go to bed. The main problem is that he did actually stab someone, he did actually resist arrest, and he did destruct his neighbor's patio furniture. Even if the drugs made him do it or not, he still did it. Yes of course, no witnesses will be telling the complete truth because they were most likely involved with the acid too. People need to stop saying it wasn't his fault. He's broken into a car, and has done illegal things, don't try to say he isn't that type of person to stab someone. Yes, drugs make you do crazy things, but whether he did take acid or was drugged, he was involved. And Shane DID STAB a friend. Whether the drug made him do it or not, he still did it. And resisted arrest. And was involved with drugs.
MichiganState333 September 14, 2012 at 06:59 PM
His father dying at a very young age doesn't effect anything. Doing drugs doesn't make anything better if he misses his father. He's the youngest, so he probably does not even remember him that much. Having your father pass away cannot be his excuse for everything. And trust me, I know it mostly is... I'm keeping this anon.
MichiganState333 September 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This isn't a place to leave a comment correcting people about their drug knowledge. Please grow up... "fool and mofo"
david wade September 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
This is absurd. Anyone who honestly thinks that smoking pot & dropping acid is going to make somebody turn lunatic & start stabbing people is living in a vacuum. This is the most ridiculous cop-out I've ever heard, and to think this bs defense is actually being taken into consideration says an awful lot about the judge's judgement, the judgement of all Attorneys involved, everyone sitting in that courtroom, as well as the general public who blatantly has the wool pulled right over their heads.
geri January 29, 2013 at 05:13 PM
how is the boy that was stabbed ???

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