Stabbing case goes to district

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A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs resident arrested on charges oftabbing a man waived his right for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, binding his case over to District Court to be heard July 2.

Damien Poot-May has been held in jail since March 29, when he was arrested on charges of stabbing 34-year-old Normando Munoz-Nunnez twice.

Poot-May is charged with first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony. He allegedly stabbed Munoz-Nunnez once in the stomach and once in the shoulder during a March 8 fight in a parking area on Riverside Drive.

Poot-May appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday, where public defender Gail Morrison asked that the right to a preliminary hearing be waived. A Spanish translator was present to communicate with Poot-May.

"We have worked out a potential resolution in the matter," Morrison said.

Poot-May admitted to fighting with Munoz-Nunnez and owning the knife, the police report states. Through a translator, Poot-May told police the knife fell out of his pocket during the fight.

Police found blood on Poot-May's pant legs and shirt, a cut on his finger and a bandage on his left arm.

The police officers who arrived at the Riverside Drive found Munoz-Nunnez bleeding heavily from his stomach. The man pointed to his stomach before losing consciousness and being transported to the hospital, according to police reports.

The county jail is holding Poot-May as an illegal immigrant. Federal policy requires illegal immigrants accused of crimes to stay in jail until tried and, if convicted, to serve their sentence before being deported back to their country.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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