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Grand jury to hear homicide case

Friday, November 23, 2012

A judge is scheduled to hear evidence during a preliminary hearing early next year in a case of attempted homicide.

Alfredo Velasquez, 62, will appear before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich on Thursday, Jan. 17, who will decide if there is sufficient proof to bind him over to the Bedford County grand jury. Velasquez also has the option of waiving his right to the hearing and being bound over voluntarily

He was charged with attempted criminal homicide in September after allegedly nearly killing his neighbor, Roberto Morales, 29, of Old Nashville Dirt Road, by stabbing him five times.

No motive

At the time, county investigators did not have a motive for the stabbing. According to Detective Brian Farris, Morales suffered one stab wound which severed a neck artery, one slash across the neck, two wounds to the chest and one to the abdomen, and had to be placed in a medically induced coma.

The detective explained that a third party tried to intercede and grabbed Velasquez in the arm as he stabbed the victim, pulling his arm away and sticking himself in the leg.

Velasquez was found at a horse barn on U.S. 231 North passed out behind the wheel of his car after a search lasting several hours. He did not know he had allegedly wounded until himself until officers showed him.

Multiple IDs

Farris explained that Velasquez has nine aliases and four Social Security numbers, as well as two pending charges against him in California for assault and violation of probation.

Velasquez is being held without bond at Bedford County Jail and is represented by the public defender's office.