Willard Claims Self Defense In Stabbing Death Of Lubbock Man - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/30/05

Willard Claims Self Defense In Stabbing Death Of Lubbock Man

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The man charged with the murder of Roberto Esquivel is claiming he did it "in self-defense."

On Wednesday, two witnesses refuted that claim. Collie Willard is accused of stabbing Esquivel to death in August of 2003. It happened during a party at an East Lubbock home, when Willard was supposed to be jailed for an unrelated charge, but was accidentally released due to a clerical error.

During court Wednesday, a number of witnesses from the party gave their account of what happened. The trial continues Thursday. If convicted, Willard could face life in prison.

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