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Friends of attempted murder suspect say it was self-defense

Friends of attempted murder suspect say it was self-defense

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friends of a man accused of attempted murder are asking for justice, saying he acted in self-defense.

Nathaniel Mancha, 25, was arrested in March. Police said on March 1, he ran over 30-year-old Anthony Jafari, after a road rage incident near North Academy Blvd. and Vickers Drive.

Carlton Mohn, Mancha's partner, said Mancha was driving him to work that day. He said a rainbow sticker on Mancha's truck drew Jafari's attention. He said Jafari called them derogatory names for being gay.

"That was extremely shocking, it was frightening," he said. "I had never experienced anything like that that closely."

Mohn and Adrianna Burnett, a friend of the couple, started an online page to have the charges against Mancha dropped. According to the page, Mancha feared for his life. While it doesn't name Jafari, it said a man approached Mancha with a crowbar wanting to fight. It said Mancha had no way to protect himself, and fled in self-defense.

"This is someone's son. This could've happened to anyone," Mohn said. "And to have your life thrown away for defending yourself, because of who you are, that shouldn't be something that we have to be afraid of in everyday life."

KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 contacted the Jafari family. They declined to comment on Mohn's allegations, saying this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

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