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Father of Man Accused of Stabbing Girlfriend's Father at Starbucks: He's Ready to Move On

Published On: May 02 2013 07:16:12 PM CDT   Updated On: May 02 2013 08:09:35 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The father of a Redding man accused of stabbing his girlfriend's father at a coffee shop spoke out for the first time Thursday afternoon.

Travis Kuks, 19, was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday morning but the judge pushed it back a few weeks.

Kuks is accused of stabbing his girlfriend's father at a Starbucks on Cypress Ave. on Halloween.

Nearly 40 people filed into the courtroom in support of Kuks.

"He's a great kid and we're just hoping that things go better in the next hearing coming up," said Kuks' father, Marty. "We're all praying and are behind him 100 percent."

Kuks' attempted murder charges were dropped last month and he pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon.

"He's doing good, you know, praying and hoping for good things. He's positive for his future," Marty Kuks said of his son.

Redding police investigators said Kuks admitted to stabbing 37-year-old Samuel Yount in October.

They said Kuks and Yount met up to discuss Kuks' relationship with Yount's daughter.

Marty Kuks told me his son acted in self-defense after Yount pushed him.

He said his son is a "good kid" who volunteered at a nursing home and was the leader of his youth group at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

He told us his family is looking to put this all behind them.

"We're praying for probation and time served or something like that so that he can get out and move on with the rest of his life in a positive way," Marty Kuks said.

Many have been wondering why Kuks had a pocket knife on him that night.

Marty Kuks said he had been in an accident shortly before the incident, which caused him to become trapped by his seat belt. After that, he said his son began carrying a pocket knife.

Kuks' new sentencing date is June 3.

A confirmation hearing is set for later this month.