A judge set a $250,000 bond Friday for a man accused of killing his grandmother and critically wounding his grandfather in a double stabbing Thursday at a south Johnson City apartment.
Sessions Court Judge Robert Lincoln also ordered a public defender for 20-year-old Cody Russell and set a preliminary hearing for next Thursday.
Russell is charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of his 62-year-old grandmother, Freida Russell, and attempted first-degree murder for cutting his grandfather, 65-year-old Clifford Russell, in the neck.
Johnson City Police Lt. Steve Sherfey said Friday investigators were continuing to interview Russell’s relatives and friends.
He said there was an argument between Russell and his grandparents before the stabbings, but that investigators have not determined what the argument was about.
Sherfey also said police have not determined if Russell was under the influence of any drugs — particularly K2. Russell bragged on his Facebook site that he uses the synthetic marijuana.
The stabbings were reported just before 5 p.m. Thursday at Stoneybrook Heights apartments at 512 Swadley Road, Apt. 9.
In an affidavit of complaint, police said Cody Russell stabbed his grandmother with a steak knife and stabbed his grandfather with a butcher knife.
Clifford Russell had a life-threatening neck wound and underwent emergency surgery at Johnson City Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition this afternoon.
Despite his injury, the man was able to tell family members that his grandson had attacked the couple and ran from the apartments, police said.
During the investigation, Johnson City police Investigator Keith Sexton was speaking to reporters when Cody Russell walked through the apartments’ parking lot in an attempt to get to a vehicle.
Sexton identified him and arrested him.
The accused killer had blood on his hands and clothing, police said.
Cody Russell remained jailed in the Washington County Detention Center following the arraignment hearing at the Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough.