Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON — A Hardin man faces new charges of assault after allegedly stabbing a family member over the weekend after being convicted for a similar incident last year.
On Sunday, at 9 a.m. Deputy Samantha Mighell went to Lakeland Arbor Village Apartments to investigate a call of a stabbing. She found the victim, John Nicholas, Benton, with several stab wounds on his body. Investigators found a knife on the kitchen floor near a pool of blood. John Nicholas identified his attacker as Michael D. Nicholas, 59, Hardin.
County Attorney Jeff Edwards said Michael Nicholas was convicted of assault last year.
“It was a similar incident, a stabbing, at the same location,” Edwards said. “I can’t remember, but it might have been the same victim.”
Edwards said Michael Nicholas qualified for early release from prison under new guidelines.
Sheriff Kevin Byars said he believed the two men are cousins.
Chief Deputy David Maddox said he heard from investigators the men had been arguing, but did not know the subject of the argument.
John Nicholas said Michael Nicholas left before deputies arrived. The suspect was later found and told police he had just stabbed someone three or four times, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.
John Nicholas was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department identified the hospital as Marshall County Hospital, but the hospital had no record of a patient named John Nicholas and no report on his condition Monday.
Michael Nicholas was taken to the Marshall County Jail. Edwards said with the similar conviction, Michael Nicholas made no request for bond. He appeared at a Marshall District Court arraignment where a not guilty plea was entered by Judge Jack Telle on his behalf. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 1 at 1 p.m.
Edwards said persistent felony offender charges could be sought if the case advanced to the grand jury.