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FAIRBANKS — A magistrate in Fairbanks has denied bail for a 44-year-old man accused in the fatal stabbing of another man in what authorities called a case of road rage.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Story last updated at 3/28/2011 - 12:49 am

Bail denied for suspect in fatal stabbing

FAIRBANKS — A magistrate in Fairbanks has denied bail for a 44-year-old man accused in the fatal stabbing of another man in what authorities called a case of road rage.

Michael Bostic was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Friday death of Timothy Lund, 56. Magistrate Nikole Schick cited Bostic’s criminal history and the seriousness of the charge for denying bail at Bostic’s arraignment Saturday.

According to charging documents, Lund was returning to his job at Frontier Outfitters from a supply run when he got into a traffic dispute with Bostic.

Bostic reportedly got out of his vehicle, lifted his shirt and displayed a sheathed knife after Lund parked his Ford Ranger pickup behind the store, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

According to a witness, Bostic said, “Why don’t you show me your finger again, old man?”

Witnesses reported a pushing match led to the men falling to the ground.

The News-Miner reported that the victim’s son, Wally Lund — also a Frontier Outfitters worker — reportedly hit Bostic with a broom handle and told him to get off his father. The men stood up and Timothy Lund said he had been stabbed and collapsed, the newspaper said. Witnesses said Bostic had a bloody knife in his hand.

Police say there was no evidence Lund was carrying any weapons.

Assistant district attorney Arne Soldwedel said Bostic’s criminal record includes convictions in California and Florida crimes including assault, robbery, drug possession, drunken driving and shooting at an occupied house. A previous assault conviction included the use of a knife, Soldwedel said.

Bostic did not enter a plea. He said he intends to hire his own attorney.

He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 5.