​Palm Bay attempted murder suspect seeks 'stand your ground' immunity in parking lot fight

Bar patron nearly killed man with pocket knife, police say

A 40-year-old man leaving a bar Saturday morning cut a man he was fighting with a pocket knife nearly deep enough to kill, Palm Bay police said.

At 2 a.m. outside CrossRoads sports bar, police said Ricky Withrow ran into his ex-girlfriend who was with a group of two men and other woman.

Police said a verbal altercation preceded fist-fighting and ultimately, Withrow pursued one of the other men and slashed his face with a pocket knife.

Withrow and the man were hospitalized over the weekend.

Then, Withrow turned himself into authorities when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tuesday at the Brevard County jail, Withrow was bandaged and black-eyed when he walked with crutches to face a judge.

"He's severely injured. He's on crutches, broken foot, broken nose so there's definitely a self-defense issue in this case," Withrow's attorney Chris Cochran said.

The defense attorney argued for Withrow's bond to be set at $20,000 but the judge assigned him a $100,000 bond.

Withrow is now seeking a "stand your ground" hearing.

"Unfortunately these situations can arise rather quickly which is why Florida has stand your ground," Cochran said. "Mr. Withrow was attacked and he defended himself."

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About the Author:

James Sparvero

James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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