Judge won't reduce stabbing suspect's bond

Threats to victim cited as reason
Jul. 09, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

A man accused of severely stabbing a neighbor has been in jail for more than 17 months awaiting trial and will have to stay there because of what prosecutors described as threats he made, the man's lawyer said.

Eddie Boyden Francum, 62, of Throneburg Avenue in Hudson had requested a reduction in his bond so he might be able to post bond and get out of jail. But during a court hearing Monday on that request, the district attorney's office said that Francum had threatened to harm the man he is accused of stabbing, said Herb Pearce, Francum's attorney.

Francum was arrested Jan. 20, 2013, after Donnie Junior Hamby, 61, also of Throneburg Avenue, was stabbed with a butcher knife inside Francum's apartment. Hamby had several life-threatening stab wounds in the torso area and required emergency surgery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Detective Richard Blevins of the Hudson Police Department said.

Police were not sure what was behind the stabbing, he said.

Francum was indicted by a grand jury on June 10, 2013, on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. In August 2013, his bond was reduced from $100,000 to $42,500, but he still has not been able to post  bond.

Francum's next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25.