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CORINTH, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- State police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old Corinth man early Sunday morning. Christopher Darner went to his estranged wife's home on Beans Mill Road and during a confrontation was killed. According to court documents, the couple has had a history of domestic violence.

In court documents, Miranda Darner claimed her husband had a drug problem, stole money from her, drained their bank account, and noted one incident of physical abuse. Within those same documents, Christopher Darner denied all of those accusations. A judge, however, did rule in favor of Miranda and under the order Christopher was not to enter the home.

According to police, Christopher Darner entered the home around 2:30 Sunday morning. Upon entering the home he was involved in an altercation with Kirt Damon. Darner stabbed Damon in the abdomen. A third man in the home, Zachary Joseph, witnessed the stabbing and came to aid Damon. Joseph placed Darner in a choke hold.

The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and stated the cause of death as asphyxia due to compression of the neck. Atthis point no one has been charged forDarner's death. Police are investigating the situation along with the domestic violence history of the couple.

The couple had two young children together, they were not at home during the incident.

According to state police, they are considering self-defense and defense of a third person as a possible motive.

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