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Former star pitcher faces felony assault charge

A former star pitcher for the North County School District has been indicted on felony charges.

He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in April after allegedly stabbing a 21-year-old man in Columbia.

The indictment handed down in late September moved the case to the circuit level for trial setting. After entering pleas of not guilty, his trial was set for Dec. 6 at the Boone County Courthouse before Circuit Judge Ellen S. Roper.

According to a press release from the Columbia Police Department, the victim reported being stabbing after being released from the hospital.

The victim told police he was attending a party when Cole showed up uninvited. He said Cole took two bottles of liquor and some beer as he was leaving and walked to his residence across the street.

The victim said he and a couple other individuals went to Cole’s residence to retrieve the liquor that was taken. As he was talking with someone at the residence, Cole exited the residence holding a knife and stabbed the victim in the left upper torso and on the right thigh, witnesses said.

Police were told acquaintances of the victim wrestled Cole to the ground and were able to take the knife away from him.

Police have said Cole implicated himself in the incident.

After being arrested, Cole, the 2003 North County High School class salutatorian, was booted from the Missouri Tigers baseball team. He did play for the Farmington Firebirds this summer.

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