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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man has been accused of stabbing his friend in the neck after getting into argument with him about music.

Joshua Gallegos, 35, was charged on May 8 with a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to court records.

He allegedly stabbed a male victim with a knife on the night of May 5 in a trailer in the 2900 block of E. 18th St. in Farmington, according to the probable cause statement.

Gallegos, the victim and the victim's brother were allegedly drinking and watching movies before the incident occurred. The victim's brother told police the two men left the living room and went into a bedroom inside the trailer.

He later heard Gallegos and the victim argue about music. He went into the bedroom and advised them to calm down, according to court documents.

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Shortly afterward, the victim's brother heard the two men allegedly fight in the bedroom, followed by Gallegos leaving the trailer. Court documents say Farmington police were called to the house because of a medical emergency, and the victim was found by an officer in a bedroom of the trailer with a large wound on the left side of his neck that was heavily bleeding.

He was transported by ambulance to the San Juan Regional Medical Center. Police were unable to interview the victim because he was undergoing surgery, according to court documents.

Jack Fortner, Gallegos' attorney, said both men were injured during the fight, and he believes his client has a strong case for self-defense. He said Gallegos was taken to the hospital for treatment after being booked into the county jail.

The victim's mother told police she saw Gallegos in the trailer with large amounts of blood on his shirt and arm, according to court documents. She told Gallegos to wash it off in the kitchen sink, thinking it was his own blood.

Gallegos was arrested after witnesses named him as the suspect in the stabbing, according to court documents. He had been observed by police leaving the area of the stabbing earlier in the day.

When interviewed by police, Gallegos said he didn't know about the incident or anyone with the victim's name. He declined to answer more questions from police, according to court documents.

Gallegos was being held this afternoon at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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