Bird Island Man in Court on Stabbing Charge 16 Feb 12

A Bird Island man made his first court appearance Wednesday for allegedly stabbing a man earlier this month at a rural Spicer residence.

28-year-old Michael Jon Underland is charged with second-degree assault for stabbing the man in the abdomen on February 5th.

The West Central Tribune reports unconditional bail was set at $80,000. Underland’s next appearance is February 27th.

According to the complaint, the investigation began when county dispatch received a call that a woman was driving to Rice Hospital transporting a man who had been stabbed at an after-bar party.

The man said he had gone to a home along 97th Avenue Northeast after bar closing time, that he and Underland had argued on and off, and that Underland had threatened him and brandished a pocket knife.

The man had taken away that knife, but later argued more with Underland, who then stabbed him with another knife.

The woman and another witness reported they had observed Underland and the man argue and that they saw Underland stab the man.