BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A 26-year-old Fort Madison man is in custody on attempted murder charges following a November 28 early morning stabbing.
Michael Alan Pauly was apprehended by Fort Madison Police at the Lee County Courthouse Thursday and was transported to Lee County Jail where he remains in custody.
According to reports, on Tuesday at about 2:40 a.m., Fort Madison police were dispatched to the Fort Madison Community Hospital on a report of a possible stabbing victim that had been brought into the Emergency Department. Upon arrival officers were unable to determine what had happened. As officers continued their investigation in the following days, the victim, who has not been identified, was able to provide an account of what had happened. The victim was able to articulate that they had been stabbed once in the back and had other superficial wounds that led officers to request an arrest warrant for Pauly for attempted murder.
On Thursday, Fort Madison police were dispatched to the North Lee County Court House on a report of a person there who had an outstanding arrest warrant. Upon arrival the court clerks advised that Pauly was there attending a hearing on another matter. As Pauly exited the courtroom he was taken into custody, processed, and taken to the Lee County Jail on a charge of attempted murder, with a $50,000 cash only bond.
Attempted murder is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Attempted murder is defined as; any act, which the person expects will set in motion a force or chain of events with the expectation that the action will cause or result in the death of another, with the intent to cause such death.
The arrest of a person is not a plea or finding of guilt. All person are considered innocent until proven in a court of law.