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Portage double fatal stabbing was self-defense, attorney says at arraignment

KALAMAZOO, MI – A man accused of fatally stabbing two people was arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Nathaniel Fredric-Nikolas Doyle, 27, of Kalamazoo, was arraigned in Kalamazoo County District Court. June 29 on two felony counts of manslaughter.

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Doyle is accused of stabbing Maurice Pearson, 49, and Xavier Pearson, 21, on Jan. 10 at Davis Creek Apartments, near Sprinkle Road and Meredith Street in Portage. Police have previously said it was the result of a domestic incident.

The stabbing was in self-defense, defense attorney Kiana Garrity said. The men came into his apartment and Doyle had been threatened, she said.

Doyle was living in the apartment with his girlfriend and children, Garrity said.

Doyle broke his apartment lease and moved to Arizona because of the threats, she said. He had planned to turn himself in but was arrested in Arizona before he could. Doyle waived extradition and was flown back to Michigan on June 28, Garrity said.

The stabbings were not random, and Doyle is not a flight risk, Garrity said. The defense attorney asked Judge Richard Santoni to grant a high personal recognition bond.

A warrant was issued for Doyle’s arrest May 12, and he was arrested June 29, according to court records. He was arrested at the scene of the stabbing Jan. 10 and released Jan. 12 as the prosecutor’s office asked for more information, Portage police Chief Nick Armold said previously.

Doyle is in the Kalamazoo County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety because of the issue of danger and flight risk, Judge Richard Santoni said.

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