Seymour man faces attempted murder charge

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A Jackson County man faces a preliminary charge of attempted murder in connection with a man stabbed in the stomach with a spear Thursday, police report.

Matthew C. Smith, 21, of Seymour was arrested after police responded to a report of a man being stabbed at a residence in the 900 block of North O’Brien Street at 10:26 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon by Lt. C.J. Foster of the Seymour Police Department.

That man, who is 30, was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour by Jackson County Emergency Medical Services personnel and later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further treatment. He was listed in stable condition at the time of the news release, Foster said.

After obtaining a Jackson Superior Court I warrant early Friday morning, detectives and officers reported finding drugs, paraphernalia and the spear allegedly used in the attack at the scene and collected them as evidence, Foster said.

Besides the Level 1 felony charge of attempted murder, Smith also faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of violation of the Legend Drug Act and three preliminary Class A misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:21 a.m. Friday and was being held Monday without bond pending an initial court appearance.

In Indiana, a Level 1 felony carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison with an advisory sentence of 30 years if convicted.

The investigation is ongoing, Foster said.