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Trial date set for man accused of murder

An Ironton man accused of stabbing another man to death could go to trial in June.

Joshua Thompson, 31, of 1717 1/2 Ashtabula St., waived his right to a speedy trial on Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Charles Cooper set the trial date for June 1 and reserved that entire week on the docket.

The murder charge stems from an early morning altercation in early December in which Ironton Police and Lawrence County EMS responded to a call at 717 1/2 Ashtabula St. Upon arrival, police discovered the fatally stabbed body of Anthony Ridley of Columbus in the house.

The two men had allegedly been arguing about drugs, according to investigators, after which time Thompson allegedly stabbed Ridley and Ridley allegedly shot Thompson. Ridley died from his wounds.

Later that morning, 911 received a report that Thompson was at a residence on the 2800 block of South Ninth Street asking for help with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.