COLUMBUS — A 34-year-old Columbus man sitting in jail after being charged with stabbing his girlfriend more than a month ago is facing an added charge of intent to distribute methamphetamine in connection with the same Dec. 6 incident.

David Tate was charged Thursday in Platte County Court with possession with intent to deliver meth and being a habitual criminal. His bond was set at $150,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief hearing via video link from the county jail.

Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled Tate for a Jan. 25 hearing on the charges.

The drug charge is a Class 1D felony, punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. A habitual criminal conviction, which provides for mandatory maximum and minimums, can add decades to a defendant’s sentence.

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

A relative drove the woman to Columbus Community Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released the next day.

Tate has already been bound over for a district court trial in the stabbing case, which could result in decades behind bars if he's convicted.

This week's drug and habitual criminal charges are the result of a Columbus Police search of the defendant’s impounded pickup about a week after his arrest.

That search uncovered a backpack containing a large baggie with an off-white crystal substance inside, according to Investigator Heath Haynes’ probable cause arrest statement.

The substance, which weighed slightly more than an ounce, field tested positive for meth, the investigator wrote in his statement.

Tate was previously sentenced to prison in 2006, 2013 and 2015 in Platte County.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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