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The man accused of first degree murder in a Hess Village stabbing in mid-September was released on bail Thursday afternoon after a hearing in a Hamilton courtroom.

Raleigh Stubbs, 49, is accused in the death of 18-year-old David Periera.

Periera was stabbed in a Tim Hortons parking lot on King St. W near Hess Village on a September Sunday at 2:30 a.m. The man was transported to hospital where he later died. Stubbs was arrested at the scene.

Thursday, as Stubbs was escorted into the courtroom, he winked and smiled at three people--his sister and two friends-- sitting directly behind. “He looks good, eh?” said Stubb’s sister Gina March. 

March declined to comment outside the courtroom.

Stubbs was wearing a blue collared dress shirt, had a neatly trimmed beard and short hair.

During the hearing, he looked at the clock once, and then down at his feet for about 20 seconds. It was one of  the only times he moved his head.