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Stabbing Suspect to Stand Trial, Bond Reduced

The lawyer for Shane Spatafore, the St. Clair Shores teenager charged with stabbing his friend, successfully had his client's bond reduced before waiving his preliminary exam in 40th District Court.

Stabbing Suspect to Stand Trial, Bond Reduced

The defense attorney for a 17-year-old St. Clair Shores teen charged with stabbing his friend argued Tuesday to have his client's bond reduced.

David Pietroski was able to have the bond for Shane Spatafore reduced from $200,000 to $75,000, or 10 percent. While the bond was reduced, 40th District Court Judge Joseph Oster attached a number of requirements.

Spatafore will be placed on a tether and will be on house arrest, submit to drug tests and have no contact with the victim or anyone else in the case directly or indirectly through family, friends or supporters. If that is violated, Oster said there will be serious consequences.

"I hope you take the bond conditions seriously," Oster added. "If something gets out, if something gets back to any of the witnesses, the complaining witness or any of the police, or any of the administrators, and it is brought to the court's attention, he is going to be right back in the county jail."

Spatafore, who is charged with stabbing his friend with a kitchen knife Sept. 3, has been held in Macomb County Jail since he was charged with assault with intent to murder.

Pietroski previously asked for a reduction, which was denied by the judge and opposed by Macomb County assistant prosecuting attorney Steve Fox. Following that hearing, prosecutors were able to interview witnesses and agreed to the terms.

Fox did address those in court, which included more than a dozen friends and classmates of Spatafore, and reminded them to not have contact with witnesses in the case, nor should they try to influence them by conversation, social media or other avenues.

"Influencing the witness is a very significant problem in some cases. In a case like this it could result in a 15-year felony," Fox said to those in court. "Everybody should be very much aware that a simple conversation with a witness or a victim could result in significant charges from our office."

Following the bond hearing, Spatafore waived his right to a preliminary exam in 40th District Court and was bound over to Macomb Circuit Court to stand trial on one count of assault with intent to murder, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of malicious destruction of property. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Spatafore will be arraigned in Macomb Circuit Court on Oct. 22.

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