UPDATE: Trial Date Set in Samurai Sword Stabbing Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A two day trial is scheduled to be held in January for a Stevens Point man accused of stabbing another man with a samurai sword.

Joshua Bella, 30, is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, first degree recklessly endangering safety, armed burglary, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The Stevens Point Police Department said on May 1, Bella broke into a home and stabbed the owner multiple times. Police say EMS crews responded to the home located at the corner of Division Street and McColloch Street just before 2 a.m. that morning for a reported burglary in progress and a stabbing victim.

Investigators say police found the suspect upstairs. Sgt. Tony Babl said the suspect was pinned down, by the alleged victim and one of his roommates.

NewsChannel 7 spoke to the alleged victim, John Richart after the incident. Richart said he is recovering well and was only in the hospital for 12 hours. Richart said he owns the Oxford House in Stevens Point. He believes he may have been attacked because the suspect had been kicked out of the Oxford House a year prior.

Joshua Bella remains behind bars on a $250,000 cash bond.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 28.

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