BILLINGS, Mont. – A Montana man may argue he acted in self-defense in the slashing of another man's throat during an argument over which branch of the military is better.
Sixty-three-year-old William Earl Cunningham has pleaded not guilty to a charge of deliberate homicide in the Aug. 2 death of Nathaniel Horn in Laurel.
The Billings Gazette reports Cunningham's attorney has filed a notice with the court that he may rely on the defense of justifiable use of force.
Charging documents say Cunningham told police he and Horn were arguing over whether the Marines or the Army is the better branch.
Cunningham allegedly told police Horn took a swing at him, and then Cunningham cut his throat.
The case is scheduled to go to a jury trial Dec. 15.