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Stabbing victim talks about fight at Exchange Park

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Steven Perry, who was stabbed April 2009, testifies in court. Steven Perry, who was stabbed April 2009, testifies in court.
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Testimony began Wednesday in the second murder trial for Wyatt Johnson. Johnson is accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old Kevin Garcia at Waterloo's Exchange Park in April 2009.

Prosecutors say this fight that resulted in Garcia's death was between two rival gangs, the Sereno 13's and the Crips. Wyatt Johnson fought on the side of the Sereno 13's because his girlfriend's brother was a member.

Prosecutors say Johnson admitted to police he used a knife during the fight. The defense argues, the prosecution can not prove Johnson killed Garcia.

Steven Perry spent a good portion of the day on the witness stand Wednesday. Perry was one of three people stabbed during the fight at Exchange Park. He says it was the day he nearly died.

"Cause just a real fast warm gush of blood started squirting out of my side," said Perry.

Perry ran away from the fight after he was stabbed, and tried to get someone to call his mom, because he thought he wouldn't get another chance to talk to her.

"I could barely breathe. I was struggling. I really couldn't move at all," said Perry.

Perry says he never saw Wyatt Johnson stab him. He only felt it. He also never saw who stabbed the other two victims at the fight.

The defense says Johnson was afraid for his life and only using his knife in self defense.

"This is a case of reasonable doubt lives and after hearing all the evidence we will ask you that you find Mr. Johnson not guilty of all charges," said defense attorney, Erin Bolinger.

The prosecution disagrees.

"The evidence will show he did kill Kevin Garcia and attempted to kill Bryce Smith and Steven Perry causing them bodily injury and serious injury," said Assistant County Attorney, James Katcher.

Wyatt Johnson's trial is expected to last two and half weeks.

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