EAGLE — A Front Range man charged with stabbing an Avon resident nearly to death pleaded not guilty.
Nathaniel Malcolm, 33, of Centennial, was charged in connection with a New Years Eve incident in the 300 block of West Beaver Creek Boulevard.
Malcolm pleaded not guilty to first degree assault with a deadly weapon, causing serious bodily injury. District Court Judge Tom Moorhead set the five-day trial for Nov. 4.
Malcolm and Morgan Marie Leland, 28, of Denver, traveled to Avon from Denver to visit friends New Year’s Eve, according to Avon police reports.
Malcolm was allegedly involved in two fights New Years Eve night, police said.
After partying at an Avon hotel for several hours, Malcolm asked a valet retrieve his car, a white Audi sedan.
While waiting for his car he allegedly became involved in a fight with five or six people standing nearby. After Leland pulled Malcolm away from the group and the valet, they started walking away.
The Avon man was walking home with a friend about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, when he saw Malcolm and Leland walking near him. Malcolm was arguing with Leland about the Audi automobile, according to police reports.
According to statements made by witnesses, Malcolm overheard the Avon man’s comment about the way Malcolm was treating Leland. Malcolm was allegedly shouting at her about the car. Malcolm aggressively confronted the man and the two began fighting, police said.
Leland jumped on the Avon man’s back, yelling at him to leave Malcolm alone because he was just drunk, police said.
Malcolm grabbed an item from his boot and started punching the Avon man, police said.
When they separated the Avon man discovered he’d been stabbed, causing three major wounds, police reports said.
The man called the police and was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was found to have suffered a cut to his neck, a stab wound to his left thigh and one to his stomach that nearly punctured his spleen.
“The wounds (the victim) sustained could have been fatal if he had not received medical attention in time,” said an arrest affidavit filed by Avon police.
Avon police and Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies combed the area and found Malcolm and Leland around 6:30 a.m.
Malcolm had a cut on his right hand and blood on his clothing. Leland also had blood on her clothing, police said.
District Attorney Bruce Brown enhanced the charges against Malcolm as a crime of violence. If convicted, it could substantially increase Malcolm’s sentence.
“It seems clear that because of the nature of the injuries sustained by the victim, Mr. Malcolm was aiming to cause serious injury, if not death,” Brown said. “Swiping at an individual’s throat and stabbing the stomach are deliberately violent actions that will be treated with the utmost severity by the prosecution. If you aim to take a life, you do not deserve leniency by the court.”
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