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March 11, 2013

Attorney appointed for stabbing suspect

GREENVILLE — An attorney has been appointed for a Greenville man, charged with threatening local police officers with a knife.

William Arthur Larson Jr., 43, remained in custody at the Hunt County Jail Friday  in connection with a stabbing incident last month in Greenville.

Larson filed a writ of habeas corpus from the jail, seeking a reduction in his $120,000 total bond, the appointment of an attorney or both.

During a hearing in the 196th District Court Friday, Judge Steve Tittle appointed an attorney to represent Larson on the writ. No additional hearings were immediately scheduled.

According to a report from the Greenville Police Department, officers responded at around 5:18 a.m. February 12 to a call from a man who stated that he had been stabbed. Officers learned that Larson was inside the residence on Jones Street.

The officers contacted Larson, who allegedly displayed a large knife and moved aggressively toward the officers. Larson was subdued with a Taser and disarmed.

He was taken into custody for aggravated assault against a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

The caller was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center Emergency Room with a stab wound to the chest.

The charge of aggravated assault against a public servant carries a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

The aggravated assault and resisting arrest with a weapon charges each carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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