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Bond slashed in stabbing over best card hand

James Potter, 74, was arrested November 10 on one count of Attempted Murder in the wounding of Larry Garlington
District judge Benjamin Lewis examines Potter case paperwork on Nov. 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
District judge Benjamin Lewis examines Potter case paperwork on Nov. 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
Asst. District Attorney Adam Parker holds Potter file in hand Nov. 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
Asst. District Attorney Adam Parker holds Potter file in hand Nov. 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
Defense attorney Cada Carter talks to Potter family after hearing November 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
Defense attorney Cada Carter talks to Potter family after hearing November 21, 2013 (Blake Deshazo)
A Houston County judge has reduced bond for an elderly Dothan man accused of stabbing another man during an argument over a card game. James Potter, 74, was arrested November 10 on one count of Attempted Murder in the wounding of Larry Garlington, described as a longtime friend.

Defense Attorney Cada Carter said Garlington signed an affidavit asking charges be dismissed. He notes the two men have been friends for about 30 years and termed the stabbing an “unfortunate incident.” District Judge Benjamin Lewis didn’t drop the charge but reduced Potter’s bond from $250,000 to $20,000 during a hearing held Thursday.

“We’re really happy with the judge’s decision,” Carter said. He contends Potter suffers medical problems and needs treatment from his personal physician. Carter said Potter was taken to the hospital prior to the hearing. Garlington is also hospitalized after having a portion of a lung surgically removed due to injuries suffered during the stabbing.

Police reports show several people were playing cards at Potter’s home on West Franklin Street when the stabbing occurred. Carter told Judge Lewis the argument that led to the stabbing stemmed from a disagreement about who had the “best hand.”

Assistant District Attorney Adam Parker did not oppose bond reduction but requested Lewis keep the bond at a reasonable level considering the nature of the charge.

Potter was expected to be released from jail later Thursday.  Under terms of release he is not allowed to have what is termed "violent" contact with the victim.

Ken Curtis is senior investigative and political reporter for WDHN.  You can contact him at ken@wdhn.com

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