A 13-year-old Greenville boy will learn this afternoon whether he will remain in custody in connection with the stabbing death of a local man.

A detention hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Hunt County Court-at-Law.

The suspect is accused of stabbing James Anthony Fields of Greenville. The Greenville Police Department has indicated it intends to pursue a murder case in connection with the incident.

The juvenile has remained at the Hunt County Juvenile Detention Center since being taken into custody late on the night of Aug. 12, after police officers and emergency medical crews were called to a residence in the 4400 block of Stonewall. Fields was found in the front yard of the home and was later pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville.

According to the police report of the incident, Fields and the suspect’s mother began to argue while in the back yard of the home. The woman told police officers the argument escalated into a physical fight and Fields picked up a metal folding chair and was about to strike her with it when the suspect stabbed Fields in the back, toward his right side, with a knife attached to a pole. Fields was said to have walked back through the house and out into the front yard where he collapsed.

Defense attorney David Renshaw has said the juvenile suspect may have a legal defense in that he used deadly force in defense of another person.

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