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Martinsburg man facing attempted murder charge

January 12, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week for a Charles Town, W.Va., man charged with second-degree attempted murder in a knife attack on a Martinsburg man.

Christopher Van McAnally, 22, was arrested on Friday.

West Virginia State Police said Donald Jason Bartles told investigators a man came to his home on W.Va. 5 on Friday, pulled a knife from under his shirt and said, "I've got something for you," according to court records.

Bartles said the man tried to stab him in the stomach but Bartles was able to deflect the knife with his left hand. Bartles received a cut to his hand, according to court records.

Nearby witnesses restrained the assailant and wrestled the knife away, according to court records.

Witnesses told police Bartles had been threatened on previous occasions, according to court records.

McAnally also is charged with brandishing a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

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Conviction on a second-degree attempted murder charge carries a penalty of one to three years in prison. Convictions on the other charges carry penalties of up to $1,000 in fines and a year in jail.

McAnally was being held on $32,134 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 19 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

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