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Stabbing suspect faces attempted murder charge

Barre, Vermont - March 2, 2011

David Edson, 27, of Northfield, could spend the rest of his life in prison if he's convicted of stabbing a man in the victim's Northfield apartment. "I ask the court to enter pleas of not guilty," defense lawyer Ben Black said.

Investigators say the knifing was the end of an escalating series of attacks Edson made on Joseph Marx, 32, the boyfriend of a woman Edson briefly dated. Police described how a group was hanging out when Edson insulted Marx's manhood, and then when Marx left, Edson allegedly stalked him to his apartment and busted in.

Police say at first, the victim forced Edson out, in the process suffering slash wounds to his hand. But then officers say Edson broke through a window in the door, jabbing a 4 or 5-inch folding blade that easily could have killed.

"The doctor reports that actually, the knife scraped the heart. The victim is very lucky to be alive," Washington County State's Attorney Tom Kelly said.

Police say Edson tried to hide the knife in a neighboring apartment. They say he stashed it in an electrical box, telling his brother he had done something he shouldn't have. Judge Brian Grearson told Edson that shows a "consciousness of guilt." But Edson did deny the attempted murder charge.

The prosecutor wanted Edson locked up with no chance of getting out as the attempted murder case against him moves forward.

His defense attorney admitted his client has a criminal history, but nothing like this before. "These charges obviously are very serious, but given his past compliance with probation and his nonviolent history, we would submit there are conditions the court could impose to ensure public safety," Black said.

Judge Grearson said Edson would have to come up with a quarter million dollars before he could be bailed out. "The court looks at this offense an extremely serious office. The evidence appears to be very strong," Grearson said.

David Edson wiped away tears as he was brought out of court and back to jail.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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