Ex Afghanistan Ballplayer Convicted in CA Stabbing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former player on Afghanistan's national basketball team has been convicted of attempted murder for stabbing a man outside a Southern California party.

City News Service reports 25-year-old Abdullah Wahidi was also found guilty Friday of aggravated assault on Andre Murillo, who played basketball for Concordia University at the time of the April 2009 attack.

The two fought outside a party both attended at an Irvine house, but disagreed on who was the aggressor.

During trial, the prosecution claimed Wahidi initiated the fight and stabbed Murillo during the brawl, leaving him with a collapsed lung.

Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong contended that Wahidi feared that Murillo's friends might join in the fight when he was on the ground and acted in self-defense.

Murillo has recovered and is playing for Biola University.

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