Boyer pleads not guilty to attempted murder | News, Sports, Jobs


LISBON — An east Liverpool man charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a woman in the neck pleaded not guilty in arraignment on Thursday.

Joseph Boyer, 50, of Ogden St. appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court via video from jail where he remains on $100,000 bail or bond.

He was recently charged with attempted first-degree murder, as well as felony assault, a second-degree felony, and domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony.

Boyer was found indigent, and both Joe King and Jennifer Gorby were named his defense attorneys.

Judge Megan Bickerton agreed to uphold the bail amount after the prosecution requested that she be prosecuted given the nature of the allegations.

The indictment alleged Boyer attempted to cause the death of a woman he knew on July 7 at a residence on Ogden Street in East Liverpool as a result of committing or attempting to commit a felony assault .

He was also charged with knowingly causing or attempting to harm her using a deadly weapon, specifically a 12-inch Farberware chef’s knife and a 9-inch serrated kitchen knife. The domestic violence charge was a felony as he had already been convicted of domestic violence involving the same victim earlier this year.

An affidavit says the victim was stabbed three times in the neck and once in the wrist during the July attack. The victim told police she was sleeping when Boyer allegedly entered her bedroom and began to assault her by grabbing her by the hair. The physical altercation escalated from the bedroom to the living room where Boyer allegedly grabbed a serrated bread knife and stabbed her in the neck and wrist as she lay on the couch, causing her serious physical injuries.

A planning conference has been set for 1:45 p.m. on October 20 before Judge Scott Washam in the Court of Common Pleas.




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