LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Three days before his trial was to start, a Lubbock man is cleared of strangling his best friend. Ralph Tickle was originally accused of killing 34 year old Jack Stanfield, Jr. at Tickle's home on September 23rd in 2007. But Tickle was scheduled to go to trial on Monday for criminally negligent homicide.
Lubbock County Assistant Criminal District Attorney Tray Payne dismissed the charges against Tickle after the Lubbock Medical Examiner concluded that other factors beside strangulation could have contributed to Stanfield's death.
Police say back in September of 2007, the two men got into an argument around 2:15 in the morning at Tickle's home in the 4500 block of 44th Street. Tickle allegedly put Stanfield into a head lock until he passed out. But police reports say he did try CPR on Stanfield until paramedics arrived. Stanfield was taken to UMC where he was pronounced dead.
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