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Justin Turner faces a second-degree murder charge for the incident in the Lloyd District of Portland, records show.

MCSO PHOTO - Justin TurnerA suspect who allegedly gouged another man in the throat now faces an attempted murder charge, authorities say.

Justin Eric Turner, 34, no listed address, has entered not guilty pleas to second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, court records show.

Police arrested Turner after responding to reports of a stabbing near Northeast Weidler Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 29, according to court docs. Local cops showed up and found victim Dustin Zey "bleeding heavily from a significant injury to his neck," according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Zey told police he had seen Turner in the area before, but was suddenly accosted after he threw a cup in a trash can and Turner "began yelling and screaming at him... getting in his face and then [initiating] a physical fight," according to the affidavit.

Zey was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for surgery; doctors later told police the stabbing had missed his artery by "millimeters," per court records.

After knocking Zey to the ground, Turner "opened the blade… leaned down and slashed his throat with a knife before walking off," the affidavit says.

Turner is currently being held at the downtown jail on bail of more than $500,000.


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