Williams bound over on attempted first degree murder in Blue Springs stabbing incident

John Thompson • Feb 14, 2020 at 11:53 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was charged with attempted first-degree murder following a New Year’s Day stabbing incident in a stranger’s home in the Blue Springs community was bound over to a grand jury Friday following a preliminary hearing before Carter County Sessions Court Judge Keith Bowers Jr.

Bowers ruled there was sufficient evidence for all five charges placed on Justin Todd Williams, 36. He was bound over on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, especially aggravated burglary and two counts of felony reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle.

With Williams bound over as charged, Bowers denied a motion from the public defender to lower the bond. Bowers kept the bond at $100,000. Bowers had increased Williams’ bond from $75,000 to $100,000 when the defendant was arraigned back in early January.

Bowers ordered Williams to appear in Criminal Court on March 23.

Much of the testimony in the preliminary hearing matched the allegations that had been made against Williams at the time of his arrest.

Williams reportedly had gone to a residence on 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 armpit. 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 of Blue Springs and Joe Hardin roads. The deputies said the front end was damaged, including a broken windshield and blown front tires.

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

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