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'I DIDN'T WANT TO BUY THEIR DRUGS' | Columbia stabbing victim, sister-in-law speak out

'I DIDN'T WANT TO BUY THEIR DRUGS' | Columbia stabbing victim, sister-in-law speak out

COLUMBIA, Md. (WBFF) - The man charged in the fatal Christmas night stabbing in Columbia is speaking out on Instagram, saying he was acting in self-defense.

Damien Clark is facing charges for second-degree murder and assault.

Clark's sister in law spoke to FOX45 Friday, saying she wants his side of the story told.

"It's very, very sad," she said. "A lot of people don't know what the story is, how it actually played out."

"They were just going into the convenience store, just to buy lottery tickets and coffee. That's it," she said.

Clark's sister-in-law agreed to speak, but didn't want her face shown. She says her sister is being threatened after Clark posted a video to Instagram.

"I'm tired of hearing all the comments about these guys are victims," Clark says in the video. "These guys attacked me. Look at my face, look at what they did to me. It was worse than this."

"They attacked me because I got smart with them, because I didn't want to buy their drugs," he said.

“Two guys followed him into the store,” said Clark’s sister-in-law. “The next thing you know, the one guy spits into his face, and that's when the altercation broke out, when they got into an argument, and the fight started.”

According to case documents, police say Clark initiated a fight with the two men, Warner Jackson and James Fallin Jr., around 9:40 p.m. Christmas night at a Columbia convenience store.

Police say during the fight Clark stabbed both men, fatally injuring Fallin.

On Tuesday, Howard County police put out surveillance video of Clark and his wife. Clark turned himself in Thursday.

"They weren't running," said his sister-in-law. "They were waiting around for the police, so the police never came, so they just left. They didn't think anything of it. So the police didn't get called 'till after the altercation was over with."

Clark's sister-in-law wants to send her condolences to Fallin's family.

"They didn't know each other from Adam and Eve. It's just sad that lives are affected. His life is affected because now he's sitting in jail and another life was taken. So it's just a sad situation all together."

Clark is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. His preliminary hearing is January 26.

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