Former Marine Michael Poth Sentenced to 11 years for Philip Bushong Stabbing

A judge sentenced former Marine Michael Poth to 11 years and three months in prison for the fatal stabbing of Philip Bushong, a fellow Marine. “The defendant threatened Mr. Bushong minutes before the incident and evidence showed he went back to provoke him,” Judge Russell Canan said before delivering the sentence. Poth was convicted of … Read more →

Michael Poth Found Guilty in Murder of Philip Bushong

Michael Poth, the former Marine, was found guilty Monday of voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the April 2012 stabbing death of 23-year-old Philip Bushong, a fellow Marine. Jurors in the case delivered their verdict around 2:20 p.m. Monday after deliberating for approximately two and a half days. Police found Bushong April 21, 2012 … Read more →

Jury Deliberations Begin in Michael Poth Murder Trial

Jurors began deliberating Friday on a second-degree murder case charging an ex-Marine with stabbing a brother-in-arms on Barracks Row in Southeast DC in April 2012. The defendant, Michael Poth, 21, was discharged after being arrested on suspicion of murder in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Philip Bushong. During a week-long trial, Poth’s defense attorney, Bernard … Read more →

At Trial, Witness Describes the Altercation that Led to Philip Bushong Stabbing

Jurors in the trial of a former Marine charged with murder heard Tuesday from a witness to the fatal stabbing near the Marine Barracks in Southeast DC. That witness, Nishith Pandya, had been friends with Philip Bushong for three years when Bushong was killed after a night of bar hopping. Pandya testified that he and … Read more →

Michael Poth Murder Trial Begins with Eyewitness Testimony and Video Footage of Stabbing

The murder trial against Michael Poth began Thursday with eyewitness testimony and video footage that place Poth in a deadly encounter with 23-year-old Philip Bushong, who was killed across the street from a Marine Barracks the two both lived in. Poth, 21, a former Marine, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with … Read more →

Michael Poth Pleads Innocent to Second-Degree Murder in Stabbing Death of Marine

Michael Poth pleaded innocent to one count of second-degree murder while armed Friday for the killing of fellow Marine Phillip Bushong in April. Prosecutors have offered Poth a plea agreement that will remain open until his next status hearing on Sept. 7. The terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Charging documents in the … Read more →

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Marine in Barracks Row Murder

A grand jury has indicted ex-Marine Michael Poth, charging him with one count of second-degree murder while armed. Poth, 20, is suspected of killing fellow Marine Phillip Bushong outside the Marine Corps Barracks in Southeast DC in April. Charging documents in the case rely in part on the testimony of an on-duty Marine who told … Read more →

Marine Suspected in SE DC Murder Served with Discharge Papers Prior to Hearing

Today, as he waited for his hearing on a charge of second-degree murder, Marine Michael Poth was served with discharge papers; the U.S. Marine Corps saying that he had behaved less than honorably. Just hours later, clad in an orange jumpsuit, he was ordered held on the murder charge. Judge Ronna Beck found substantial probability … Read more →

Before Arrest, Marine Claimed Stabbing of Brother-in-Arms was Self-Defense

Call me boots and the fight started.” “Marines control me and my brain.” “You start with me and I’m going to defend myself.” “He was talking s*** so I stabbed him.” “He punched me in my face, so I stabbed him.” “Good, I hope he dies.” “I stabbed him because he punched me in the … Read more →

Presentment Expected this Afternoon in Stabbing Death of Philip Bushong

Michael Poth is expected to be presented with a charge of second-degree murder while armed at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Poth, a U.S. Marine, is suspected in the stabbing death of fellow Marine Philip Bushong on Barracks Row early Saturday morning. Charging documents are not yet available in the case. Police have said the Poth … Read more →

Barracks Row Stabbing Victim ID’ed as Philip Bushong of North Carolina

A 23-year-old man killed in a stabbing on Barracks Row early Saturday morning has been identified as Philip Bushong of Camp Lejeune, NC, MPD said Saturday evening. A 20-year-old DC man, Michael Joseph Poth, has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder while armed in connection with the case, according to MPD’s press release. WJLA … Read more →

Stabbing Kills Man Near Eastern Market

WJLA and NBC Washington report that a stabbing killed a man in Southeast DC early Saturday morning. Police say a man was found in the 700 block of 8th Street SE suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have a man in custody, both … Read more →

Michael Joseph Poth

  • Arrested: April 21, 2012
  • Age: 22
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: White

Convicted by jury in the April 21, 2012, death of Philip Bushong.