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Stabbing leaves Hattiesburg man dead

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A stabbing in Hattiesburg Thursday left one man dead and the accused claiming self-defense.

Zachary Doughtery, 20, was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly stabbing and killing Tony Lee Ducksworth, 46, of Taylorville. Police said Ducksworth drove himself to Forrest General Hospital where he collapsed and died.

Doughtery claims he killed the man in self defense.

"I mean that dude was giving me a brutal ass beating," said Doughtery. "If I didn't stab him, I was going to be hospitalized."

Doughtery claims Ducksworth tried to force him to give oral sex, which led to a fight.

"He is twice my size, ok?" said Doughtery as he was being led to his first court appearance. "So, I pulled out a knife, and yes, I stuck him with it because that was my last result. "

Doughtery remains in Forrest County Jail on a $350,000 bond.

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