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Complaint: Defendant in Banks stabbing hid knife behind his back (documents)

February 14, 2011 - 09:53 AM
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The man accused of stabbing Brandon Banks hid a knife behind his back then allegedly attacked the Redskins punt returner and another man after a punch was thrown.

A knife was recovered from defendant Jason DaCosta Shorter's hand after the incident, according to the complaint filed in D.C. Superior Court. Banks and Christopher Lee Nixon, of Wake Forest, N.C., were stabbed early Saturday morning after a verbal spat outside the Northwest nightclub the Park at Fourteenth turned violent.

A bouncer tried to intervene after the punch was thrown, the documents state, but Shorter was able to reach around and attack Banks and Nixon.

The complaint notes that the defendant, who admitted to stabbing Banks and Nixon, was dressed in white. There's been speculation that a crack about Shorter's outfit triggered the attack.

We're assuming Banks is "W2" listed on the court documents, because his injuries were less severe and match up with a description in a Washington Post report. According to the documents, W2 was able to speak with officers after the incident and identify his attacker.

You can read the complaint after the jump.

Shorter complaint

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