Jun 14, 2016

"That was never supposed to happen, you grabbed me by my throat"; Mckinleyville stabbing suspect cries in court as ex leaves with another woman

"Do you wish to have an attorney appointed for you?" Judge Joyce Hinrichs asked Michael Smith.

Smith, crying, said, "I don't have an attorney."

Judge Hinrichs explained to him that if he could not afford an attorney, she would appoint one for him.

While Judge Hinrichs was explaing the CLETS protective order to Smith, he asked his attorney, "Am I allowed...". Mr. Reavis shook his head and comforted Smith who was crying through the arraignment.

As he left the courtroom and was being taken back to the jail, he looked at the back of the courtroom and said, "That was never supposed to happen. You grabbed me by my throat." Two women, one of whom was Jane Doe exited the courtroom in a hurry.

The male victim was a neighbor trying to help Jane Doe. People assumed that the fight over Jane Doe was between an ex and present boyfriend.

Before court today, from observations, the woman accompanying Jane Doe could be a friend or could be her current girlfriend/partner.

Jun 14, 2016


Mckinleyville stabbing suspect Michael Smith charged with assault, battery and false imprisonment; arraignment this afternoon

Michael Smith aka Michael Shawn Smith was arrested Friday by HCSO Detective Todd Fulton and booked into the jail at 4 p.m. He had not been released as of Monday evening. He was booked for PC664/187(a), attempted murder.

This afternoon at 1:29 p.m. Smith is expected to be arraigned in Courtroom 5. He is charged with a felony in Count 1 Assault with a deadly weapon on David Lee Watkins; the weapon being a knife. Special allegation for Count 1 is "personally inflicting great bodily injury" On Watkins. Count 2 is False Imprisonment by Violence, another felony; victim Jane Doe and Count 3 Battery on a non cohabitating partner, a misdemeanor.

Conflict Counsel's Mr. Marek Reavis was appointed to represent Smith. On Smith's behalf, Mr. Reavis entered not guilty pleas; did not waive time; he did "waive bail/OR without prejudice."

Smith was served with two CLETS protective orders. Intervention is on June 20 at 3 p.m. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 27 at 8:30 p.m.


Jun 10, 2016


DOB of suspect in Mckinleyville stabbing being confirmed, name is Michael Shawn Smith, from Ohio



Just spoke with Undersheriff William Honsal. HCSO is trying to get confirmation on the suspect's date of birth before sending out a press release.

The suspect name that HCSO was given is Michael Shawn Smith, from Ohio.

"Just after midnight, deputies responded to 1908 D Avenue in Mckinleyville to a report of stabbing," said Undersheriff Honsal.

"The initial response was for domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they found a male victim in front of the residence. They called for medical assistance and the victim was transported to the hospital, where he is recovering from injuries."

Jun 10, 2016


Victim in Mckinleyville stabbing was neighbor trying to help in dispute, condition unknown

This is all I have at the moment from Undersheriff William Honsal.

A press release should be out within the hour.

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