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posted: 2/22/2014 1:01 AM

Prosecutors: self defense in stabbing death of Aurora man, 31

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The Kane County state's attorney's office said Friday it will not pursue criminal charges in the death of Lamar House, 31, of Aurora, who died after being stabbed in the heart with the pointed side of a plastic comb last September.

Prosecutors concluded a 19-year-old female acted in self-defense in a Sept. 3, 2013, domestic dispute in the 0-99 block of North Ohio Street, Aurora.

Prosecutors said House battered and restrained the teen during the dispute and she acted in self-defense when she stabbed him in the left side of his chest with the pointed handle of a 12-inch plastic comb.

The comb end struck his heart and he died at a hospital after the teen called 911 for help.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon expressed his condolences to House's family and friends, but said the investigation and evidence ultimately lead to the conclusion of self-defense.

"It would be counter to the pursuit of justice to charge a crime that I do not believe we can prove. Given the facts as we know them, we cannot in good conscience proceed with a criminal prosecution," McMahon said in a statement Friday.

"We reviewed the facts and evidence multiple times. I concluded that the evidence strongly suggests that Mr. House's death with the result of an act of self-defense, that his companion was trying to prevent further harm," McMahon continued.

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