ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in a Fairbanks stabbing death.

Sheldon Wolfe is charged with killing 40-year-old Armagan Idil, who was found with a stab wound to his neck in a parking lot near a busy intersection on the city’s east side.

A witness called 911 after spotting Idil on the ground. Idil died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Police used footprints in fresh snow to find Wolfe at the Alaska Motor Inn.

Wolfe told police he was walking with a friend when Idil confronted the friend and struck the friend with a cylindrical weapon.

Wolfe said he intervened and Idil struck him. Wolfe said he stabbed Idil in the shoulder with a knife he later threw into the Tanana River.

Public defenders representing Wolfe had no comment on the case.

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