A Clearfield man charged with stabbing his brother to death during a fight in their home Aug. 20 has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
Michael J. Ruiz, 21, will return to 2nd District Court Dec. 13 for a pretrial hearing on the charge, a second-degree felony that carries a prison term of one to 15 years. Ruiz remains free on $5,000 bail.According to court records, Michael Ruiz and his brother, Anthony, 31, had been arguing on and off through the day and at one point the elder Ruiz beat up his younger brother.
Anthony Ruiz left the house and then returned, according to court records, telling Michael, "I'm going to get you." Michael Ruiz, according to a witness in the house, replied, "We might as well do it now" and the fatal struggle began.
Assistant medical examiner Ed Leis testified at the preliminary hearing that Anthony Ruiz suffered a 6-inch stab wound that pierced his liver, injured a kidney and cut a major blood vessel. He also suffered what the examiner called defensive stab wounds to one hand.
The fight and stabbing occurred around 5 p.m., and Anthony Ruiz died of loss of blood and other injuries several hours later at an Ogden hospital.