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Man charged in city park stabbing

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Brill being held on $250,000 bond, preliminary hearing set for May

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- The victim of a stabbing in Jim Barnett Park on Saturday fought back and chased after his attacker before going to the hospital, according court documents.

Authorities have charged Christopher Michael Brill, 38, of 181 Margaret Lane, Winchester, with malicious wounding.

Brill remains incarcerated at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, and is being held on a $250,000 bond. Brill's attorney, William A. "Beau" Bassler, filed a notice in the court on Thursday seeking to appeal his client's bond status. A hearing on the request will be held Monday in Winchester Circuit Court.

Brill faces a preliminary hearing on the charge in Winchester General District Court on May 4.

Documents filed in the case show Brill also had a Capon Bridge, W.Va., address. Police officers arrested Brill without incident on Tuesday at a home on Euclid Avenue in the city.

Interviews with five witnesses revealed Brill and three other friends were parked in two vehicles on the lot near Wilkins Lake, according to a criminal complaint filed in General District Court. The injured man, Wayne Mitchell, and three friends were parked across the lot in three vehicles, according to the complaint.

Witnesses interviewed indicated Brill became upset and confronted the victim by walking around him and asking him if there was a problem," the complaint states. "The two men on the lot and Brill struck the victim with a closed fist. The victim in return struck Brill."

Brill then reached into a rear pants pocket and drew a knife, according to the complaint. Brill stabbed and cut the victim in various areas including his back, arms and shoulders, causing lacerations and puncture wounds, the complaint states.

Brill returned to one of the vehicles and left the scene heading on University Drive to Pleasant Valley Road, according to the complaint.

"The victim's friends assisted the victim into a vehicle and followed the vehicle occupied by Brill to the parking lot of the Foot and Ankle Center on Pleasant Valley Road where Brill exited the vehicle and ran into Jim Barnett Park," the complaint states.

The victim then went to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of five knife wounds, according to the complaint.

"All of the witnesses indicated Christopher Brill initiated the physical fight with Wayne Mitchell," the complaint states.

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