Suspect in teen’s stabbing says motive was stolen necklace

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 17, 2015) -- A young man accused of stabbing his friend to death told investigators he was angry over a stolen necklace.

Prosecutors charged Michael Hackney, 20, with murder Friday. Hackney was arrested for stabbing Dishun Ash, 19, to death Monday night as a group of teens hung out on the northeast side.

Friend Cameron Virdin said he and others are still processing it all.

Michael Hackney

Michael Hackney

"It was probably one of the worst things you could ever hear. Gave me chills throughout my body. (I) felt like I couldn’t breathe," Virdin said.

Court paperwork revealed a conversation between Hackney and investigators, in which he called the act self-defense. He described a fight with Ash over a necklace he believed was stolen and belonged to his mother.

Hackney claimed Ash first swiped at him with a knife that was displayed on the wall and that he knocked it from his hand, grabbed it off the floor and started stabbing him.

"...At one point he was on top of Dishun calling him a ***** numerous times as Dishun was telling him he was sorry," investigators said.

Witnesses described a different scene, saying Hackney was acting oddly and threatened Ash as he sat talking in a chair.

Virdin said no matter what happened, this is a loss of two friends.

"I know Michael. He’s not a bad guy at all, he just made a very bad choice," Virdin said.

Ash left behind a young daughter. Virdin said he was passionate about music and religion had recently become a big part of his life.

"There’s no point in being angry about it. All you can do is accept it, just know that he would want us to be happy because that’s what he always shared with us," Virdin said.

Friends honored Ash with a balloon release on Geist Reservoir this week. They're also raising money for his funeral at the link here.

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