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County Attorney’s Office files attempted murder charge in Wednesday stabbing


WORTHINGTON — Prosecutors have charged a Worthington man with attempted murder following a Wednesday morning stabbing that left an adult male victim lying in a pool of blood, court documents say.

Jose A. Reyes-Morales, 18, has been charged in connection to the stabbing in the 1300 block of Sixth Avenue that sent one individual to the Sanford Worthington Medical Center Emergency Room. Officials could not release the condition of the victim, but the language of Reyes-Morales’ criminal charge indicates attempted murder. The offense is punishable up to 20 years imprisonment.

In addition to the second-degree attempted murder charge, Reyes-Morales also faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, second-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, all felonies.

According to the court-redacted criminal complaint, Worthington police officers responded to a reported stabbing at approximately 11:14 a.m. Aug. 8. Upon arrival, emergency personnel observed fresh blood drops from the front sidewalk leading into the entrance of the residence. Officers found a victim of a stab wound lying near a pool of blood inside the house. The victim was transported to the hospital.

The complaint continues to report that a juvenile witness — whose age and gender is redacted — identified Reyes-Morales as the suspect to law enforcement. The juvenile claimed that Reyes-Morales stabbed the victim with a pocket knife shaped like a gun. The juvenile said Reyes-Morales came to the property that morning because he had broken up with via text message. The juvenile told officers that they had had a sexual relationship.

In a post-arrest interview, Reyes-Morales allegedly told officers he stabbed the victim because he had pushed him. Reyes-Morales admitted he could have just left after being pushed and acknowledged that, after stabbing the victim, it crossed his mind that the victim may have died as a result, the complaint concludes.

His conditional bail was set at $250,000 and unconditional bail at $500,000.

Reyes-Morales’ is scheduled to make an Aug. 21 initial appearance in Nobles County District Court.