$300,000 bail set in stabbingThe Superior man accused of stabbing three people in a Catlin Court residence Wednesday remains in Douglas County Jail on $300,000 cash bail. A bail hearing for Donald L. Christopher, 40, took place Thursday.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
The Superior man accused of stabbing three people in a Catlin Court residence Wednesday remains in Douglas County Jail on $300,000 cash bail.
A bail hearing for Donald L. Christopher, 40, took place Thursday. No criminal complaint has been filed in the case, which is set for an initial appearance Friday. Christopher is expected to face three charges of attempted homicide, according to Sgt. Derrick Hughes of the Superior Police Department.
During a Thursday press conference, Hughes gave a chilling account of the domestic violence that erupted Wednesday morning at 503 Carter Lane. After being asked to leave the home earlier that morning, Christopher returned to confront the woman he had a domestic relationship with and her parents, Hughes said.
Christopher attacked the woman and her parents fought to get him off her, according to Hughes. Two knives were used in the attack — a steak knife that broke off in the male victim and a pocketknife.
The woman suffered a deep stab to her thigh that struck bone and a superficial cut to her neck. Her mother didn’t at first notice she had been cut in the lip with a knife. While at the hospital, Hughes said, a doctor confirmed the cut had been made with a knife, not a punch. Both women were treated and released.
The male victim was stabbed once in the hand and twice in the torso or abdomen. He remained hospitalized in Duluth, Hughes said, but is expected to recover.
The younger woman was able to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. Police arriving on the scene noticed Christopher walking in the area with blood on his shirt. When they approached him, he threw the pocketknife at an officer, Hughes said. The police K9 was then sent in and grabbed Christopher’s arm. He was treated for minor injuries sustained while being taken into custody by the K9 at St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior, then lodged in the jail.
Christopher has a history of domestic violence with the victim dating back to 2005, Hughes said.
At the bail hearing, District Attorney Dan Blank listed Christopher’s criminal history, which spanned both Wisconsin and Minnesota. The list included drug, domestic and theft offenses as well as intimidating a victim or witness and obstructing officers.
Public Defender Fredric Anderson said bail is a moot point for Christopher at this point. Last week, he was sentenced to 40 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal trespass to dwelling. Those charges stemmed from a domestic incident in October.