Judge Keeps Bond High For Man Charged In Machete Attack

Monday, March 9, 2009

A man who had his thumb cut off and suffered other injuries when he was attacked by a man wielding a machete last October said he still doesn't know why it happened.

Corey Robinson testified Monday that he had known 42-year-old James Adams of Hixson for a couple of months and had not had any problems with him.

An attorney for Adams asked that his $250,000 bond be reduced. Criminal Court Judge Don Poole, calling the attack "heinous and savage," only lowered it to $200,000.

Robinson said he and Nathan Odum were smoking marijuana that day at Odum's residence on Scruggs Street and Adams came over and visited a while. He said at one point Adams came into the room with the machete and began hacking at him.

He said he suffered a number of severe cuts, then he ran to Odum's room. He said they tried to shut Adams out, but he was so weak from the loss of blood that he could not hold the door.

He said Adams came in and continued to slash with the machete, including a blow to Odum's shoulder.

Robinson said he ran into a closet. He said, "I was begging for my life. I asked him not to kill me."

He said Adams told him "he's got to kill me." He said he also had to kill Odum because he was a witness.

He said Odum also begged him not to kill him (Robinson), saying, "he's got kids and stuff."

He said Adams finally began to calm down when he offered him money. He said he gave him about $80.

Robinson said he staggered outside to seek help. He said Adams came out and ordered him into his car. He said Adams told Odum to go back inside and clean up the blood.

He said Adams drove him to the emergency room, where he dropped him off. He said on the way Adams said, "If I told on him, he was going to kill me and my old lady."

Robinson said he made it inside the emergency room, then collapsed.

He said he soon learned that his thumb was gone. He said, "My aunt went back and found it, but it was too late to save it."

He said he is not able to straighten out the fingers on one hand. He has had several surgeries.

Family members and a minister testified for Adams, saying they had never seen that side of him.

Prosecutor Daren Gibson argued that the bond should stay the same. He said, "The level of violence in this case was extreme."

Defense attorney Hannah Stokes said, "His family has never known him to be violent. He is remorseful."


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