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Fort Dodge man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Williams accused of stabbing man in neck, back

A Fort Dodge man accused of stabbing and seriously injuring another Fort Dodge man earlier this month pleaded not guilty via written plea on Monday.

Police say on July 2, Donathan L. Williams, 41, stabbed another man in the neck and back, causing serious injuries. He is charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony.

The 39-year-old victim, who has not been named, walked into the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, 126 N. 10th St., with stab wounds to the neck and back just before 11 a.m. on July 2. The victim was treated at the CHC until medics arrived.

The initial investigation found that the victim had been stabbed in his apartment building on the same block as the CHC before fleeing to seek help.

The victim sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was transported to UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

Williams was arrested and charged with attempted murder later in the day after video surveillance showed Williams involved in an altercation with the victim in the Biltwell Apartment building, 106 N. 10th St.

According to the criminal complaint for the charge, a very apparent trail of blood led officers to the scene of the crime.

Williams’ trial is set to begin on Dec. 15.

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