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Suspect charged in stabbing Pulaski stabbing

A Richland, Missouri, man has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in a stabbing that left a Pulaski County man with life-threatening injuries Monday.

Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies arrested James Acklin the same day after pulling over the vehicle he was driving and finding what appeared to be blood spots on the vehicle and on boots inside the vehicle, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

The stabbing started with a argument at a residence on Swindell Road in Richland, according to the statement. The victim, who told investigators he had known Acklin for a few weeks, was stabbed five to six times in the chest and arm.

It wasn’t clear why Acklin and the victim began fighting. A witness told investigators that Acklin got rid of the knife he used to cut the victim by throwing it out the window between Camdenton and Lebanon.

Acklin was jailed on a $750,000 bond. No hearings have been set in his case and no lawyer was listed for Acklin in online court records.

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