Family Of Slain Man From China Want Answers To Why No Charges Being Brought

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 years ago

Earlier this month, the Attorney General’s office ruled the fatal stabbing of a man from China was an act of self-defense. The family of the victim wants authorities to reconsider that decision.Monday would have been James Dodge’s 39th birthday. His family, including his father Dennis Dodge, step-mother Patricia Tracy, and brother Danny Dodge, chose to spend the day in front of the Attorney General’s office asking for one thing. “We want justice,” Patricia Tracy said. “You know they could only get one side of the story. James is the only one who knows his side of the story and he took that to the grave with him.”In July, Dodge was stabbed to death at his girlfriend’s house in China. Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes ruled the stabbing was an act of self-defense and no one would be charged in the case.According to family members, there were two men in the house, along with Dodge and his girlfriend, and one of those men fatally stabbed Dodge. “They’re saying that James was so outrageous, so uncontrollable, that two men in that house could not have him removed or call the cops to take the time to have him removed,” Danny Dodge said.Police told the family all four of the people in the house that night were drunk and a fight broke out. At some point during that fight, police believe James Dodge armed himself with a baseball bat. “They said there was a fight. They said there was threatening. They said that what happened and the circumstances of what happened are completely self-defense…and that they had every right to do the actions they did to my brother.”The Attorney General’s office is not releasing the details of what happened the night James Dodge was killed. Family members say they just want closure. “As long as it takes,” Tracy said when asked how long the family would continue the fight. “The rest of my life if that’s what it takes.”


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