A man charged with stabbing his girlfriend’s son-in-law during an argument will be headed to court next week in another county.
Donald L. Heigl, 60, Gray Summit, is charged in a Franklin County warrant with first-degree assault and armed criminal action in the stabbing that occurred Monday night on Hammer Avenue just west of the Pacific city limits.
Heigl is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond in that case.
First-degree assault is a Class A felony which has a maximum sentencing range of 15 to 30 years or life in prison.
Police allege Heigl stabbed Nathaniel Rankins, 35, Gray Summit, in the abdomen and leg during an argument about 11 p.m. Monday.
Sheriff Gary Toelke said deputies on the scene were told that Rankins and his wife were involved in an argument and when the wife tried to leave, Rankins attempted to disable her vehicle.
The wife told deputies that her mother’s boyfriend, identified as Heigl, then arrived at the residence with a large knife. An argument ensued during which Rankins was stabbed, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Heigl was taken into custody at his home, also on Hammer Drive, where deputies seized a hunting knife and other knives as evidence, Toelke said.
Toelke said authorities did not have an update on Rankins’ condition.
Heigl, meanwhile, is scheduled to appear in Miller County Circuit Court Wednesday, July 9, for a pre-trial conference, according to online court records.
Heigl is charged in that county with first-degree child molestation in a June 2011 case.
First-degree child molestation is a Class B felony which has a maximum sentencing range of five to 15 years in prison.