Michael Burns, 47, is charged in Meigs County Court with two counts of attempted murder and a count of attempted burglary after allegedly stabbing Lisa D. Gray, 33, and Raymond E. Kline, 23, on New Year’s Day.
Gray and a witness to the alleged assaults, Casey Smith, testified at a preliminary hearing to show cause held in County Court Monday.
After hearing testimony, Story continued Burns’s bond of $500,000, and continued an order restraining Burns from the two victims should he post bond and be released.
Klein was treated at Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. for multiple stab wounds; Gray was treated for multiple stab wounds to the neck at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant, W.Va. They have both since been released from the hospitals.
Burns, who lives on Mulberry Avenue had previously lived with Gray at the Mechanic Street home where the alleged stabbings took place. He was restrained from that residence under two separate civil protection orders when the crimes took place, according to Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Donohue said Burns was out on bond on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and the violation of a temporary restraining order at the time of his arrest on the stabbing charges. He had been convicted of domestic violence and had served a jail sentence on the charge.
Burns had been at large for nearly two days after the alleged stabbings when he was apprehended by police. He was found at a residence on Brownell Avenue in Middleport. Since his arrest on Jan. 2, Burns has been in sheriff’s custody in the Southeastern Regional Jail in Nelsonville, where he remains in lieu of bond.