Suspect in Chico 7-Eleven stabbing death changes plea

Mar 12, 2015 6:17 PM by Debbie Cobb

The homeless man arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing at the 7-Eleven in downtown Chico has changed his plea.

29-year-old Joshua Epstein pleaded no-contest to voluntary manslaughter yesterday. Epstein had been in court to set a trial date.

Epstein and 44-year-old Randell Sexton, also homeless, got into a fight August 31, 2014 inside the store and moved the fight outside. That's when Epstein stabbed Sexton in the chest. Sexton died at the scene. The two men had been fighting over a woman, 23-year-old Stephanie Vogel. Vogel is also charged in Epstein's death. Her trial is set for March 30th.

The fight was captured on the market's outside security camera. Epstein was committed to Napa State Hospital in January of this year after a judge ruled that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. On March 11, 2015, Epstein was returned from the hospital and the judge found he had regained sufficient competence to resume criminal proceedings.

Epstein will be sentenced on May 15, 2015. He faces a maximum of 11 years in state prison.

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