A man stabbed Sunday after several verbal altercations with his alleged assailant at a flea market didn’t know he was injured until he felt something wet on his shirt and saw blood, according to a court record detailing the encounter.

Christopher B. Spears, 40, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, Washington County Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said in a press release. He was arraigned on the charge Monday afternoon.

In the court hearing, Spears tearfully denied that he had committed the stabbing, although General Sessions Judge Robert Lincoln cautioned him to not talk about the incident.

Spears, initially represented by the public defender’s office, asked Lincoln to reduce his $75,000 bond. Given that Spears is a long-time resident of Washington County and has a job and family, Lincoln reduced the bond to $50,000.

Spears told the judge that if he didn’t get out of jail Monday he would lose his job.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Jonesborough Flea Market around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and found a man with a single stab wound to the chest. He told officers that he thought there was a sheath on the knife because he didn’t feel any pain. When he got into his fianceé’s car, he felt something on his chest. When he raised up his shirt “blood was pouring out,” Deputy Tim Moore stated in a court document.

Witnesses told officers that Spears and the man, whose identity has not been released yet, got into several arguments as they passed by each other multiple times while circling the flea market.

It reportedly started after Spears called the victim’s fianceé a name. The men argued, but they went their separate ways. About 30 minutes later, they passed by each other again and the men got into another argument.

The victim’s fianceé went to get their vehicle so they could leave, but the men continued to argue. They were walking in the same direction as they argued, but there was a wire fence between them, according to the warrant.

Multiple witnesses told deputies that Spears made several threats to kill the victim and Spears told the other man to “come to his car, that he had something,” for the victim.

The victim did walk over to Spears’ car and told officers that “as soon as he approached, (Spears) stabbed him in the chest with what (the victim) said appeared to be a knife with a wooden handle.

The victim got into his fianceé’s car, then realized he’d been stabbed. Spears drove away from the flea market parking lot, but officers found him a short distance away.

Spears was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 28.

A state prosecutor told the judge that the victim had open heart surgery as a result of the stabbing.

Reported earlier:

A man stabbed Sunday after several verbal altercations with his alleged assailant at a flea market didn’t know he was injured until he felt something wet on his shirt and saw blood, according to a court record detailing the encounter.

Christopher B. Spears, 40, 502 Sugar Hollow Road was charged with attempted first-degree murder, Washington County Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said in a press release. He was arraigned on the charge Monday afternoon.

In the court hearing, Spears tearfully denied that he had committed the stabbing, although General Sessions Judge Robert Lincoln cautioned him to not talk about the incident.

Spears, initially represented by the public defender’s office, asked Lincoln to reduce his $75,000 bond. Given that Spears is a long-time resident of Washington County and has a job and family, Lincoln reduced the bond to $50,000.

Spears told the judge that if he didn’t get out of jail Monday he would lose his job.

The stabbing

Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Jonesborough Flea Market around 10:30 a.m. Sunday and found a man with a single stab wound to the chest. He told officers that he thought there was a sheath on the knife because he didn’t feel any pain. When he got into his fiancé’s car, he felt something on his chest. When he raised up his shirt “blood was pouring out,” Deputy Tim Moore stated in a court document.

Witnesses told officers that Spears and the victim, whose identity has not been released yet, got into several arguments as they passed by each other multiple times while circling the flea market.

It reportedly started after Spears called the victim’s fiancé a name. The men argued, but they went their separate ways. About 30 minutes later, they passed by each other again and the men got into another argument.

The victim’s fiancé went to get their vehicle so they could leave, but the men continued to argue. They were walking in the same direction as they argued, but there was a wire fence between them, according to the warrant.

Multiple witnesses told deputies that Spears made several threats to kill the victim and Spears told the other man to “come to his car, that he had something,” for the victim.

The victim did walk over to Spears’ car and told officers that “as soon as he approached, (Spears) stabbed him in the chest with what (the victim) said appeared to be a knife with a wooden handle.

The victim got into his fiancé’s car, then realized he’d been stabbed.

Spears drove away from the flea market parking lot, but officers found him a short distance away.

Spears was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 28.

Reported earlier:

A Jonesborough man has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder following a stabbing Sunday at the Jonesborough Flea Market.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested Christopher B. Spears, 40, 502 Sugar Hollow Road. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.

Deputies responded to the Jonesborough Flea Market, Highway 11E and Telford Road, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday in reference to a stabbing, according to Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen.

“Upon arriving at the Flea Market, deputies located a 23-year-old male victim that had been stabbed in the chest. The victim appeared to be in very serious condition as a result of the stabbing, and was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release Monday.

Further investigation revealed witnesses observed an altercation between the man and Spears, according to the news release. “Witnesses told deputies that Spears and the victim had been involved in multiple verbal arguments during the day, and finally a physical altercation resulted in Spears stabbing the victim in the chest with a knife,” the sheriff’s office said in the news release.

Spears was located a short distance away and arrested, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim, who has not been named by the sheriff’s office, is still being treated at a local hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

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