Abdul Bey, 21, was travelling on a BART train in San Francisco on 18 July 2018, when he got into a fracas with Gerald Bisbee, 51. Bey’s mistake was to pull a knife – a steak knife.
During the quarrel Bey stabbed Bisbee on his left leg and caused a small cut, half an inch long and superficial. No big deal.
But Bisbee – who refused medical treatment after police were called to the incident – then went home and two days later died from necrotising fasciitis, the flesh-eating infection caused by the Group A streptococcus.
Bey then found himself facing a murder charge. A Superior court judge has ruled however that there was no way that Bey could have known Bisbee would have died from such a tiny wound – and that the charge should be reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
Picture source: Roland Perceval