Defendant in UConn stabbing case seeks probation

Published May. 13, 2011 5:00 p.m. ET

A man accused of disposing of one of the knives used in the fight that ended with the death of UConn football player Jasper Howard has applied for a special form of probation.

Rahim Muhammad is charged with hindering the prosecution. He applied Friday in Superior Court for accelerated rehabilitation, a probation program that could leave him without a criminal record. A hearing on the request will be held June 10.

Muhammad is accused of getting rid of the knife his brother Hakim Muhammad used to stab football player Bryan Parker during the October 2009 fight. Parker was not seriously hurt.

Hakim Muhammad was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for assault. His friend, John Lomax is serving an 18 year sentence for manslaughter in Howard's death.