Joshua Adkins is arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Springfield man pleads not guilty to charge stemming from stabbing

A Springfield man was arraigned Friday morning in the Clark County Municipal Court on charges stemming from a stabbing.

Joshua Adkins, 18, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault, according to court records. He was given a $15,000 bond and remains in the Clark County Jail.

Officers were dispatched around 11:22 a.m. on Thursday to the 2200 block of Erie Avenue in reference to a man that had been stabbed, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

“Upon arrival, officers located the victim standing in the rear of the home in front of an RV, holding a towel against his stomach. (The victim) advised that the suspect that stabbed him, Joshua Adkins, was currently inside the home,” the affidavit said.

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Medics arrived a short time later and took the victim to Springfield Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

Officers then knocked on the door, made contact with Adkins, and took him into custody.

When police asked Adkins about the incident, he said, “that (the victim) ran into the back door and he “protected his girlfriend like any man would” and also that he was “trying to drop the knife, and (the victim) fell on it,” the affidavit said.

Officer then also spoke with Adkins’ girlfriend, who is also the victim’s ex-wife, the affidavit said.

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“(The girlfriend) stated that (the victim) had been staying in an RV in the backyard for approximately two weeks while they have been separated,” the affidavit said. “(The girlfriend) stated that (the victim) came in the back door of the residence and he and Adkins began fighting, and during the fight Adkins stabbed (the victim).”

According to the affidavit, the girlfriend said she pulled the two off of each other before Adkins put the knife on the kitchen counter and called police.

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