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Continuation expected in stabbing case

A continuation is expected in the case of five accused of stabbing a Crawford County man multiple times in January.

On Sept. 6, a mental examination was requested for one of the five charged with attempted first-degree murder which is expected to result in a trial delay.

On Monday, Circuit Judge Gary R. Cottrell told defense attorneys he would delay the case until the Nov. 12 mandatory if he grants the mental exam for Charles Jason Glass, 32, of Van Buren.

Glass, Mark Dewayne Jackson, 26, of Diamond City, Ark., Khristopher Leigh Coker, 26, of Van Buren, Darrell Dewayne Roberts, 25, of Fort Smith and Christopher Paul Williams, 25, of Alma are charged with attempted first-degree murder, engaging in a violent group activity and habitual offender.

Fort Smith attorney Coy Rush represent Williams, Rogers attorney Kristin Pawlik represents Roberts and Fort Smith attorney David Dunagin represents Jackson. The public defender’s office represents Coker and Glass.

Wayne Lewis, 27, was treated at a local hospital and released following the Jan. 19 stabbing at a residence on Melody Lane, just north of Dyer, Chief Deputy Jim Damante said. Lewis was flown to a Fort Smith hospital where he was treated for 12 stab wounds and released.

Deputies arrested Williams at his residence on Lamb Road, and arrested the four other suspects in the Kimberling Housing addition in Alma.

Lewis was staying with a David Mason in his home near Dyer when he was attacked. A woman in the home was applying pressure to Lewis’ wounds in the kitchen when Crawford County deputies arrived.

Lewis told police that he was stabbed by a man named Christopher Williams, known as “Critter,” according to the police report.

Mason told police that he was in a back room when he “heard a commotion,” and came out to find that Lewis had been stabbed, according the report.

Mason then told police he heard an engine rev and saw a dark-colored car speed off, reports state.

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