Man cleared in NYC theater district stabbing

August 28, 2010 9:31:49 AM PDT
A grand jury has exonerated a man in a fatal stabbing outside a bar in Manhattan's theater district, saying he acted in self defense.

A lawyer for Atdhe Gashi says he was forced to fight back when a group of men attacked him without provocation.

Gashi was being beaten by several people when he pulled out a small knife he used to open packages at work and slashed at 25-year-old Elliott Paulino.

The fight was captured on security cameras.

Gashi sobbed in a Manhattan courthouse after the grand jury decided he shouldn't face charges.

His lawyer, Robert Brown, says his client is a computer science student who had never been in trouble before.