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Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:00 am

Another charge sought in stabbing

Prosecutors seeking attempted murder

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Allen County prosecutors want to add attempted murder to a list of charges against a Woodburn man accused of stabbing an acquaintance on New Year's Day.

Cody A Stinson, 22, allegedly stabbed Mark McVay as they sat in a car with two other people. McVay, from Uniondale, was left with a severed carotid artery, wounds to his neck and other injuries.

Stinson was charged Jan. 5 in Allen Superior Court with aggravated battery when it includes a substantial risk of death and battery by means of a deadly weapon. A habitual offender enhancement also was filed.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull will also consider today a motion filed by prosecutors in order to add the attempted murder charge.  

Shane Hobbs was driving the car and told investigators he didn't know what led to the attack. He told police he was driving to his apartment when Stinson and Spring Applegate, another passenger, began arguing in the back seat, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Later, Hobbs “said he thought (Stinson) was slapping McVay and then started punching him,” court documents said.

Hobbs suffered a cut near his right eye and yelled at Stinson when he discovered that and the injuries to McVay, the affidavit alleged.

“It's over,” Stinson responded, according to court documents. “He's gone.”

Hobbs drove McVay to a funeral home in the 2300 block of West Main Street and called 911.