COLUMBUS — A 34-year-old Columbus man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend three times during a domestic disturbance Wednesday morning in the basement of a local residence.

David Tate has been charged with second-degree assault, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and being a habitual criminal in connection with the 8 a.m. stabbing of a 35-year-old city woman, who suffered wounds to her abdomen, back and buttocks.

A relative drove the victim to Columbus Community Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released Thursday.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set Tate’s bond at $175,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief hearing Friday morning. The judge scheduled the defendant for a Dec. 20 status hearing on the felonies.

The weapon charge is a Class II felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison. The assault charge is a Class IIA felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The state’s habitual criminal law, which provides for mandatory maximum and minimum sentences, can add decades to a sentence.

According to Columbus Police, the victim was uncooperative with officers at the hospital about identifying the person who had stabbed her at the residence. The victim’s relative reported Tate stabbed the woman.

Investigator Heath Haynes wrote in his arrest statement that a search warrant served at the west-side home revealed a large amount of blood on the floor of the kitchen, bathroom and living room in the basement where Tate resides.

The investigator stated there was evidence on the basement floor of a “futile” attempt to clean up the blood, but no blood was found on the stairs leading to the basement.

“This would further indicate that the incident occurred in the basement of the residence and the wounds were treated prior to going upstairs,” Haynes wrote in his statement.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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