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Williams arraigned on attempted first degree murder charge

John Thompson • Jan 8, 2020 at 8:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was charged with attempted first-degree murder following a New Year’s Day stabbing incident in the Blue Springs community had his first day in court in Carter County Sessions Court this week.

Justin Todd Williams, 36, was arraigned before Judge Keith Bowers Jr. on Monday. The attempted murder charge was just one of the charges placed against Williams. He was also charged with aggravated assault, especially aggravated burglary, and two counts of reckless endangerment. Bowers increased Williams’ bond to $100,000 from $75,000. Bowers also ordered Williams to have no contract with the victims in the case.

A preliminary hearing was set for Jan 17.

According to an incident report written by Sgt. Eric Norman of the Sheriff’s Department, Williams had gone to a residence in the 900 block of Blue Springs Road and began knocking on the door. In the living room of the home was a man, a woman, both in their 20s, and two small children.

When the man answered the door, he said the stranger stabbed him in the abdomen and the back, just below his arm pit. The woman suffered a cut to her right arm. Despite her injury, she was able to get the children out of the room without any harm to them.

After securing the area, deputies began looking around the neighborhood for a vehicle that might have been abandoned by Williams. They reported finding a red Ford Escape that was registered to Williams at the intersection Blue Springs and Joe Hardin roads. The deputies said the front end was damaged, including a broken windshield and blown front tires.

Williams was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered during his altercation with the homeowner and while fighting deputies.

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