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Manslaughter charge dropped in Calgary Christmas Day killing

The manslaughter charge has been dropped against a Calgary man who was accused of fatally stabbing his friend on Christmas Day.

Morris Stern, 56, was accused of killing his neighbour Mark Maurice Mitchell on Dec. 25

The manslaughter charge against Morris Stern has been dropped by the Crown. (Andrew Brown/CBC)

The manslaughter charge has been dropped against a Calgary man who was accused of fatally stabbing his friend on Christmas Day.

Morris Stern, 56, was accused of killing Mark Maurice Mitchell on Dec. 25, 2016, but prosecutor Matthew Block stayed the charge on Tuesday.

Stern's lawyer said she was prepared to argue her client acted in self-defence.

"Mr. Stern has been adamant throughout that he acted in self-defence and he is relieved by the Crown's decision to stay the charge against him," said Stern's lawyer Kelsey Sitar. 

Katherine Thompson, a spokesperson for Alberta Justice, said the charges were stayed because as the investigation continued the Crown prosecutor determined the evidence did not satisfy the standard of "reasonable likelihood of conviction."

Police previously said the two men had been drinking together at their rooming house-type complex in the southeast community of Forest Heights.

Stern later called 911 around 6:30 p.m. Mitchell was found stabbed in the torso and was taken to hospital, where he died.

Stern was co-operative with investigators, according to CPS, who said the two men had known each other for a couple of months.

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