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Assault suspect back in court July 30

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The man accused of stabbing a St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center psychiatrist in the neck with a pencil last week will be back in Ogdensburg City Court Tuesday.

James E. Davis, 26, a patient at the psychiatric center, is facing charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both class D felonies. Arraigned in city court on Monday, he is accused of stabbing Chinyere Ukomadu, 31, in the neck with a pencil during a session on July 19.

The incident occurred in the psychiatrist’s office at the psychiatric center’s Trinity Building, according to court documents.

“At that time,” the documents stated, “the defendant did grab Chinyere Ukomadu by the shirt and used a pencil to stab her in the side of the neck. The pencil fully punctured the left side of the neck and a portion broke off and became lodged in the victim’s neck.”

Ms. Ukomadu was taken to the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center emergency room, where she was treated and released. Mr. Davis was similarly charged July 17 after allegedly stabbing a therapy aide, Thomas McDougal, 53, in the left cheek with a metal butter knife on July 15 at the psychiatric center dining hall. Mr. McDougal was also treated at and released from Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center for the wound, which required three stitches.

Following his arraignment on Monday, Mr. Davis was ordered by Judge William R. Small back into state Office of Mental Health custody with the condition that $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond will be instituted if he is released from the psychiatric center.

A no-harassment order of protection was issued on behalf of Ms. Ukomadu.

Mr. Davis will be represented in court by the St. Lawrence Public Defender’s Office. The weapon charge is a felony due to a previous conviction for a November 2011 charge of second-degree attempted assault.

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