LACONIA — A Chichester man who allegedly stabbed a Keene man after a verbal altercation in the parking lot out side of the Funky Monkey night club here early on Sunday morning was ordered held on $50,000 cash only bail after appearing by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.
Travis Dunn, 24, appeared distraught and was hyperventilating while the Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer recounted his criminal history that included two counts of theft in 2007 and 2009, two simple assaults in 2007 and 2009, and two misdemeanor marijuana charges in 2011 and 2013. Dunn appeared in court via video hookup from the Belknap County Jail.
In an interview given to The Daily Sun on Monday, Dunn minimized his criminal record but did admit to one of the assaults and a marijuana charge.
Sawyer said the victim, Richard Russell, was flown to Dartmouth with serious injuries in the neck and asked for $50,000 cash-only bail.
His attorney, Public Defender Wade Harwood, said he had no objection to the traditional bail orders of no alcohol or drugs, no weapons, and no contact with his victim or any of the other people the but argued the Dunn's case was on of self-defense and that he should be released on personal recognizance bail or $1,500 cash at a maximum.
Harwood said Dunn has multiple family members in the Lakes Region, a job, and 50 percent custody of his two-year-old daughter. Two of Dunn's relatives were in court yesterday.
Judge Cim Carroll said at this point he was setting bail based solely on the information contained in the affidavits presented to him by the police.
He said he knew Dunn spoke with the media about the incident but for the purposes of yesterday's arraignment he was holding him on $50,000 cash based on the police affidavits statements that multiple witnesses said Dunn was holding a knife in the air and that "Dunn slashed at Russell."
Three of the witnesses said the blade was between 3 1/2 to 4 inches long, said affidavits.
Dunn said Monday he ran from the scene after the victim charged into his knife. He said he wasn't sure if Russell knew he was holding a knife and that he had brandished it to keep what he estimated to be six attackers at bay while he got into a car with two female friends.
He said he likely lost the knife while running away (he said he fell three or four times on the ice while running) and that he thinks it's somewhere downtown. It is not known if police have recovered it.
Carroll said Dunn would have an opportunity to revisit bail during a probable cause hearing that would be held within two weeks.