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Police Say Man Stabbed During Confrontation Between Two Groups

LACONIA, N.H. -- Police said a fight over drug money ended in the stabbing of one man and the arrest of another.

Police Say Man Stabbed In Fight Over Drug Money

Matthew Perkins, 18, of Laconia, was charged with first-degree assault. Police said Perkins used a knife to stab Christopher Haddock, 36, of Laconia, Monday night near Arch Street and Union Avenue.
Police said the stabbing was part of a confrontation between two groups of four people that involved stolen drug money, but police said they aren't sure what started the fight.

"The exact indication of what led up to this fight is not known at this time," Capt. William Clary said. "We are still investigating that."

But Perkins' relatives said they know how it started.

"Somebody was hurting someone in the family, and my brother had come along on it, and he just thought he needed to stick up for his family and help them out," said Stephen Perkins, the suspect's brother.

Police said that by the time the fight ended, Haddock had been stabbed multiple times. Haddock was taken to a hospital and placed in intensive care. Officials said his condition is improving.

In Laconia District Court, Perkins' defense attorney argued that bail be set at $10,000 cash or surety because he has support from his family.

"Clearly, he has ties to the community, as they have filled up the whole front bench here," defense attorney John Bresaw said. "As far as I know, he has no convictions for failure to appear for bail jumping."

But the prosecutor said Perkins has convictions for assault and possession of a controlled drug and asked that bail be set at $50,000 cash or surety. In the end, the judge set bail at $25,000 cash or surety.

Police said they have not yet recovered the 3-inch black folding knife used in the stabbing.
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