Prosecutors filed murder charges today against a 19-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing another man outside a Burger King restaurant in Concord on Sunday, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney John Cope said. Joshua Cardone, a 19-year-old Concord resident, has been charged with murder with an enhancement for the use of a knife, Cope said. According to police, Cardone was involved in a dispute with the victim, 20-year-old Concord resident Richard Gilliam, in a parking lot in the 5400 block of Ygnacio Valley Road when Cardone allegedly stabbed Gilliam. Police were called at about 4:20 p.m. When they arrived, they found Gilliam in the parking lot with at least one stab wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Cardone remained at the scene, and witnesses identified him as the stabber, police said. Cope said he couldn’t release details about the nature of the dispute or the circumstances of the stabbing because investigators are still interviewing witnesses, many of whom knew Cardone. He did say, however, that the two men “were not strangers to one another.” Cardone’s attorney Michael Cardoza said he is still reviewing the evidence in the case, but that it is “very, very possible” that Cardone acted in self-defense. “We understand that the deceased in this case has a past that needs to be vetted,” Cardoza said. According to court records, Gilliam has one pending misdemeanor charge of possession of a deadly weapon, but no other adult criminal history in Contra Costa County. As to the question of why Cardone remained at the scene, Cope said, “some people who acted in self-defense stay, and some people who want to pretend they acted in self-defense stay, and that’s what we have juries for.” Cardone is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez.
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