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Charges dropped in deadly stabbing that followed argument

February homicide now listed as 'justifiable' on JSO database

Three months after an arrest was made in the deadly stabbing of a 55-year-old man at a Jacksonville mobile home park, the State Attorney's Office dropped the charges.

William Thomas McCoid was rushed to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries on Feb. 24, and he later died at a hospital.

When police were called to Countryside Village about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 24, the first officer to arrive found a man, who was covered in blood, running through a parking lot, according to a police report.

A man who was taken into custody at the time said he had been arguing with McCoid, who attacked him with a kitchen knife. The details of what followed were redacted from the document, but the man was initially charged with aggravated battery. In June, the SAO opted to drop the charges, declining to prosecute the case after reviewing the facts, according to court documents.

The case was also updated to "exceptionally cleared (justifiable)" on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office homicide database. Police did not provide additional information, but that designation is typically used in cases of self-defense.

Editor's note: Because the man who was initially arrested is no longer charged with a crime, News4Jax has removed his name and image from this article.