Bird pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:41 a.m. CDT

William Bird of Creston pleaded not guilty March 14 to all three felony charges currently against him. Those charges are first-degree burglary, domestic abuse/assault by strangulation and attempted murder.

The charges stem from two incidents occurring in late January.

Bird, 20, allegedly went to a residence at 705 W. Montgomery St. at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and an argument occurred between Bird and a female victim who is the mother of his child. During the argument, Bird allegedly struck the female victim in the face and attempted to strangle her.

Then, at 2:15 a.m. Jan. 23, Bird allegedly returned to the residence — 705 W. Montgomery St. — forcibly entered and threatened and struck the occupant, inflicting bodily injury.

At 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Bird allegedly chased the victim to a neighbor’s house, eventually catching her and stabbing the female victim in the chest with a knife with the intent to kill her. The victim was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center and survived her injury.

Bird is represented by Attorney Kevin Hobbs of West Des Moines. Witnesses in the case are Creston Police Officer Ross Bauer, Creston Police Sgt. Eric Shawler, Devon Chapman, Chris Baker and Dr. Matthew O. Epp.

A pretrial conference is set for 10 a.m. May 31 in the judge’s chambers at the Union County Courthouse. The trial is slated for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Union County Courthouse.

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