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Man accused in Carlsbad stabbing pleads not guilty

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VISTA (CNS) - A man accused of fatally stabbing a housemate in Carlsbad after a dispute over loud music pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday and had his trial set for Feb. 9.

David Diaz, 32, is charged with murder in the Aug. 7 death of 23-year-old Asher Freeman.

Freeman, who rented a room from Diaz's family, was stabbed several times in the head and neck.

A neighbor testified earlier this year that she heard a man's voice --not Diaz -- demanding that the volume be turned down on music playing in the

backyard.

Later that evening, the neighbor said she saw Diaz dancing around a fire in a bucket and making goat noises.

Defense attorney Matt Roberts told a judge that Diaz was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 18.

The defendant -- who called 911 after Freeman was stabbed -- initially told officers that the victim had been shot by two men in a drug deal gone bad.

Diaz told police that one of the intruders swung at knife at him before fleeing.

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