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Teen's bond raised in stabbing case

April 02, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

The bond of a Hagerstown teenager accused of stabbing a man in the neck Sunday morning in an apartment on Robinwood Court was raised to $750,000 Monday during a bail review hearing in Washington County District Court.

Mackenzie Richard Socks, 17, of 34 West Side Ave., Apt. 2, was charged as an adult with second-degree attempted murder, two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and single counts of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property greater than $500, according to Washington County District Court records.

Socks was treated Sunday at Meritus Medical Center for injuries he incurred during a fight with the victim, police said. During Monday’s bond hearing by closed-circuit television link between the county detention center and District Court, District Judge Dana Moylan Wright increased Socks’ bail from $500,000 to $750,000.

Wright scheduled Socks for a preliminary hearing April 26.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Socks got into an argument with a man at 20215 Robinwood Court, Apt. 508, about a past shooting incident in Hagerstown, the statement of probable cause said. Socks was asked to leave and a struggle ensued, the statement said. Witnesses told investigators Socks pulled a knife and began swinging it at people in the apartment, according to the statement.

A deputy arrived to find Joel Edward Lambert, 21, in the apartment bleeding from a neck wound, the statement said. Other witnesses in the apartment identified Socks as the man who stabbed Lambert, according to the statement.

Lambert was treated at Meritus Medical Center for the wound, which was about 3 inches long and required stitches to close, the statement said. Lambert was released from the hospital, a deputy said.

A woman who was in the apartment told investigators she grabbed four knives from the kitchen and stabbed at Socks’ side to protect Lambert, the statement said.

Shortly after 5 a.m. a deputy saw Socks along Dual Highway and took him into custody, according to the statement.

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