Mest Singer Beats Murder Rap

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The singer with defunct punk rock band Mest was freed from a Los
Angeles jail on Tuesday after prosecutors declined to prosecute him for
stabbing to death a romantic rival two days earlier.

determined that Tony Lovato, 26, had acted in self-defense when he
stabbed Wayne Hughes with a pocketknife in the underground parking lot
of an apartment building in the suburb of Studio City on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office
said in a statement that Lovato and Hughes had dated the same woman
“back and forth for over a year,” and that Hughes had sent threatening
messages to Lovato.

The tension climaxed on Sunday when Hughes
challenged Lovato to a fight, and Lovato tried to back off, the
spokeswoman said, adding “there was insufficient evidence to show there
was not a justifiable use of reasonable force in self defense.”

Lovato, sporting a black eye from the fight, told reporters he was “not
doing too good. I just had the hardest three days of my life.” He said
he would issue a statement on Friday.

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