MONONGAHELA – A Donora man was returned to the Washington County jail Thursday under a higher bond after the prosecution added a charge of attempted homicide against him in connection with a stabbing last month at his residence.
District Judge Mark Wilson increased James Russell Tyree’s bond from $25,000 to $100,000 upon hearing the Washington County district attorney’s office amended the criminal complaint against him. Tyree, 61, is accused of stabbing Lamont Dixon in the heart following an argument about Tyree refusing to wear clothing in the presence of a child, court records show.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Carroll also amended the complaint to charge Tyree with a felony count of aggravated assault after reviewing the case Monday.
Dixon, 33, of Donora, was critically injured when stabbed Sept. 8 while leaving the residence at 938 McKean Ave. His wife, Natasha, initially thought Tyree had pushed her husband against a wall and then rushed him to Mon Valley Hospital after noticing blood, borough police stated in the affidavit.
Police said he was stabbed about 7:40 p.m. with a knife or some type of cutting instrument, neither of which has been recovered.
UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, discharged Dixon Thursday after he had been in and out of the hospital, where he underwent open-heart surgery after being stabbed, Carroll said.
Tyree’s preliminary hearing was postponed Thursday, a day after the county public defender’s office discovered it had a conflict in representing him. The office is representing Dixon in an unrelated assault case before Washington County Court.
Tyree’s hearing has been rescheduled for 1:45 p.m. Nov. 1 before District Judge Mark Wilson, the record indicates.