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Family fallout brings charges

A Superior man accused of stabbing his cousin with a steak knife made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday.

Joshua Adam Deputy, 23, faces one count of aggravated battery for the assault that took place around 6 p.m. Friday at the victim's Superior residence, 704 Roosevelt Ave., according to the criminal complaint.

Deputy's father, who lives with his nephew, told Superior police officers he heard his son and nephew get into an argument while he was outside smoking. He then saw his intoxicated son leave the apartment with a knife in his hand, the complaint stated. When he went inside, his nephew was bleeding from stab wounds so he called 911.

Officers located Deputy at the Hammond Spur, 502 Hammond Ave. He put his hands up and started to get on his knees, according to the complaint. Deputy told officers he did not have the knife; he threw it in the ditch. As he was being driven to the jail, Deputy asked officers about his cousin. He "kept saying he would have used pepper spray if he had it," the complaint stated.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, according to Superior police.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash with conditions of no contact with the victim and no possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Deputy remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail today. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 28.