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No criminal charges to follow fatal stabbing

The man arrested, jailed and later released after the stabbing death of 22-year-old Dylan Barry July 6 in an apartment at 233 W. Cascade Ave., River Falls, won't be charged with homicide.

Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle explained his legal decision last week by releasing a 14-page document on the stabbing and follow-up investigation. He said the case came down to the right of lawful self-defense in one's home.

In his summary, O'Boyle wrote: "The unfortunate incident that took place...was a perfect storm of events. Various individuals made poor decisions that day which contributed to the sequence of events which ultimately resulted in the stabbing death of Mr. Barry.

"Mr. Barry made several poor decisions...including entering into the homeowner's apartment in the manner in which he did.

"...The homeowner acted reasonably in the use of force based on the facts and circumstances of which were presented to him at that point in time when he stabbed Mr. Barry and Mr. Sangster as he was being attacked by them...inside his residence."

The "homeowner" in O'Boyle's report is actually tenant Codi J. Walztoni, who was 18 when the July 6 morning intrusion occurred at his apartment.

Walztoni stabbed two male intruders, including Barry, after both climbed through his apartment window.

The men were chasing Walztoni's sister as she sought refuge in her brother's apartment.

For more please read the Nov. 7 print version of the Herald.