Update: Police say man who attempted to stab officer heard voices

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 12, 2013 

Police said during a Friday Recorder's Court hearing that a man charged with attempting to stab Officer Jason Swails told an officer that voices told him to commit the assault.

Joseph Kelly, 21, faced charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, felony obstruction of a police officer, possession and use of drug related objects, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of Schedule II substances and violation of probation during the 8 a.m. hearing.

Officers stopped a car traveling near the intersection of 30th Street and 11th Avenue at about 1:40 a.m. Thursday after noticing that the car's tag was not renewed. When police stopped the vehicle, Kelly, who was a passenger, attempted to get out of the car and dropped a cigarette box and a small container on the ground. Police ordered him to stay in the vehicle while they interviewed the other occupants.

When Kelly attempted to get out a second time, Swails told him to get out and place his hands behind his back. While Swails held him restrained by one arm, Kelly attempted to punch and kick at Swails. He reached into his right pocket, pulled out a knife, and lunged at Swails before running away.

Together, Swails and Officer Vicente Covas chased down Kelly. At one point, Swails attempted to use a Taser on Kelly, but it didn't seem to have any effect.

Officers finally subdued Kelly, at which point he tried to bite and punch at Covas and Swails. Swails proceeded to Taser him on his inner thigh. After that, Kelly submitted and was taken into custody.

While searching the vehicle, police found a grinder with less than a gram of marijuana. They also found two baggies with 0.9 grams of meth collectively in the items Kelly threw on the ground.

While riding back to Muscogee County Jail with Kelly, he told an officer that he heard voices and that when Swails was attempting to place him in custody, he felt that he had to do what the voices told him.

Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond on Kelly's charge of aggravated assault against a police officer. He was given a $12,500 bond for the other charges.

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