Charges for stabbing suspect are lessened

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By Shane Farley
March 6, 2014 - 1:19:24 pm

Charges have been reduced against a Winfield man accused of stabbing another man during an incident early Monday morning.

22-year-old Michael A. Wedd now faces a single count of aggravated battery in the stabbing of 44-year-old Richard L. Phillips, of Ark City. The complaint against him has been amended, court officials said, and a charge of attempted second-degree murder has been dropped.

Bond has been reduced to $100,000. Wedd made a court appearance Wednesday, and was informed of the changes. He remained in jail Thursday morning.

Law enforcement and court officials did not say what prompted the lessening of the charges.

Monday, around 2 a.m., police were called to William Newton Hospital where Phillips was being treated for several stab wounds. He was quickly taken in for surgery and is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

The Winfield Police Department with assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation began investigating the incident. With information gathered from witnesses, officers went to a residence at 704 E. 8th Ave.

The home was secured and a search warrant was obtained.

Wedd was subsequently arrested and booked into jail.

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