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Judge moves Lagemann’s case up for trial setting

FARMINGTON — A Park Hills man charged in connection with a stabbing has been bound over for trial.

Randal E. Lagemann, 30, was charged in December with first-degree assault and criminal action.

After hearing evidence, Associate Circuit Court Judge Wendy Wexler Horn found that there was sufficient evidence for the case to go to trial. The case will move up to the circuit court level for trial setting. His bond is still set at $150,000.

During the hearing, the 47-year-old male victim, who is incarcerated on unrelated charges, testified.

According to police reports, Park Hills police officers were dispatched to a stabbing at an apartment complex on West Main Street. The victim was taken to a St. Louis area hospital “with the knife still protruding from his back.”

Two witnesses told police that Lagemann went downstairs to the victim’s apartment and tried to go inside. They said the victim refused to let him in. They began arguing and he forced his way in. The witnesses said Lagemann stabbed the man in the back.

The witnesses also said Lagemann had been threatening to stab the man for two days before the incident.

Lagemann was arrested. He refused to make a statement to police.

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