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No conflict obvious between men before stabbing at Gardens North residence
Jun 14, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
An affidavit in the state's case against Patrick Vincent Duran, 24, of Riverton, does not reveal any clear motive for the man's alleged stabbing attack on Stefan Bigmedicine in May.
Duran was arrested May 26 for aggravated assault after he is alleged to have stabbed Bigmedicine three times in the side of the chest at a home in the Gardens North subdivision north of Honor Farm Road.
Court documents show Bigmedicine, 30, suffered three stab wounds resulting in damage to internal organs, including a liver laceration. He reportedly was in stable condition by May 28, though he was still hospitalized in Riverton at that time.
Tracy Dewey -- Bigmedicine's girlfriend -- said the two men weren't in conflict immediately before the stabbing took place.
Officials said Dewey and her son had gone to the Riverton High School graduation that day, and after the ceremony they contacted Bigmedicine to come pick them up.
Bigmedicine reportedly arrived with a 26-year-old man named Colin Amos.
"As they were driving, Patrick Duran texted Amos and requested they pick Patrick Duran up at Sunset Park," Fremont County Sheriff's Det. Eric Granlund said in his affidavit. "After picking up Patrick Duran, they drove to a liquor store and then drove to the residence at 98 Firethorn."
At the home, Duran reportedly asked Bigmedicine if they could "talk about Patrick Duran's cousin." The two went outside to talk, and Dewey said she didn't observe any conflict at that time.
Once they were back in the residence, Dewey and Bigmedicine reportedly were sitting at the dining room table, with Amos leaning against the dining room wall while Duran stood slightly behind Bigmedicine -- between Bigmedicine and Amos. Duran then moved forward and struck Bigmedicine in the right side three times.
"(He) did not say anything prior to, during or after stabbing Bigmedicine," Granlund said.
Dewey reportedly tried to take Duran's knife, but he left the home still holding the weapon.
"Dewey stated that she heard Amos ask Patrick Duran why he had stabbed Bigmedicine, but did not hear an answer," Granlund said.
Duran and Amos left the area on foot. Dewey got into a car with Bigmedicine to take him to Riverton Memorial Hospital, and on the way she said she saw Duran and Amos walking near the bridge at the intersection of Honor Farm Road and the Rails-to-Trails bike path.
She called police at about 6 p.m. to report the sighting as she drove to the hospital. Sheriff's deputies reportedly worked with the Riverton Police Department to locate and apprehend Duran as well as Amos, who was arrested for interference with a police officer. Officials said Amos "directly interfered with the investigation by knowingly providing false information."
Initial reports indicate officers attempted to locate Duran and Amos at a residence just before 7 p.m. Sunday, but occupants of the home would not give their consent for officers to enter. At 7:20 p.m. Sunday a deputy made contact with the subject and was "yelling commands" at him.
Duran is being charged with attempted murder in the second degree as well as aggravated assault and battery. The first charge alleges that Duran "intended to commit the crime of second degree murder (and) did an act which was a substantial step towards committing the crime of second degree murder." The felony is punishable by imprisonment of not less than 20 years.
The second charge alleges that Duran used a deadly weapon in an attempt to cause bodily injury to another person. Aggravated assault and battery is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Duran pleaded not guilty to both charges during his arraignment Thursday in district court. His bond was set at $200,000 cash, though Judge Norman E. Young talked about lowering the amount, but Duran's public defender, Terrance Martin, did not think the court could lower the bond to a level that would make a difference.
"I'm convinced the court will set a cash bond my client won't be able to post," Martin said.
Young asked whether a $100,000 bond would make a difference.
"No," Martin said.
Trial is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16.