PITTSFIELD — A North Adams man accused in a stabbing last April had his bail lowered his week after his attorney argued the incident was in self-defense.

Keith Larrabee has been held on $50,000 bail since the altercation, which began with Larrabee, 20, assaulting a 16-year-old before stealing his hat and necklace after a marijuana deal gone bad, prosecutors allege.

The juvenile called for assistance from his mother's boyfriend, Joseph Filio, 32, who tracked down Larrabee to a nearby residence to confronted him and get the items back, according to the prosecutor, who requested $25,000 bail on Thursday.

Both sides agree that Larrabee fled out the rear of the home and was chased by Filio, but the details of the stabbing are in dispute. Filio told police he was surprised by the slash from Larrabee, but defense attorney Ed St. John III told the court that his client only acted in self defense after Filio — a man of larger physical stature — chased and took a swing at him.

"This is something done purely in self-defense," St. John said.

The 4-inch blade left an approximately one-inch wound on Filio's abdomen, according to the police report.

Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini lowered the bail to $10,000

Larrabee faces a single count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


Contact Adam Shanks at 413-344-3979.