AVON LAKE — Felonious assault and domestic violence charges against a 58-year-old man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the head have been forwarded to a county grand jury.
Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini found probable cause to leave in place the charges against Lonnie Sherrill during a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He also kept a $100,000 bond in the case.
But Anthony Baker, Sherrill’s lawyer, said even if his client makes bond, a holder placed on him by authorities in Tennessee — where Sherrill is on probation in an aggravated assault case — will keep him behind bars.
“He has a history of violence,” Avon Prosecutor Rick Kray said.
Sherrill’s girlfriend, Tina Nagy, was stabbed in the head during a heated argument on Aug. 27, leaving her with an injury that sent her to the hospital, according to Avon police. Since released, Nagy testified during Tuesday’s hearing, Kray said.
Although Avon police have written in search warrants that “Sherrill was the only person who had the opportunity and motive to commit this act of violence,” Baker said his client denies attacking Nagy.
“He said he’s innocent,” Baker said.
Police believe they’ve recovered the weapon — a nearly 9-inch-long knife with a 4.72-inch blade — with some blood on it, according to a search warrant that was used to obtain samples of Sherrill’s DNA.
But Baker said he questions whether there will be enough blood evidence for prosecutors to prove his client’s involvement in the attack on Nagy. He said despite the large amount of blood found at the scene, the clothes his client were wearing appeared to have no blood on them.
He also said Nagy delayed calling police for some time while she tried to treat the head wound herself.