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Defendant claims self-defense

(Defendant takes the stand)…The defendant is Jesus Cessena.

He is on trial in the death of Ray Montano Jr. Montano was stabbed to death in August 2012. Cessena testified that he did stab the victim, but he said it was in self-defense. Cessena testified the two were arguing when Montano pulled a knife from his pocket. Cessena said he got scared and pulled out his own knife and stabbed Montano. The trial could go to the jury by the end of the week.