UMass Student Says Race Involved In Stabbing Case

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A former University of Massachusetts student charged with stabbing two people in a campus dormitory is claiming widespread racial bias in a legal motion to have the charges against him dismissed.

Jason Vassell's lawyer says the 24-year-old acted in self defense against two non-students, both white, during a confrontation in February the lobby of his dorm.

The attorney argues investigators treated Vassell differently because he is black.

The district attorney's office says there was no racism in the investigation or prosecution.

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