CORNING, Calif. - A Corning man was arrested for attempted murder Monday after he admitted to stabbing a man with a 17-inch fillet knife.
At about 11:00 p.m., a Tehama County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 760 El Paso Ave. in Corning regarding a victim with a stab wound to his chest. When deputies arrived they spoke with Christopher Martin, 32, of Corning, who said he had gone to 23704 McLane Ave. in Corning to check the welfare of his ex-girlfriend who he was concerned was being abused by her new boyfriend, David Michael Murr Sr., 63, from Corning.
Martin told deputies that when he arrived to the address on McLane Ave., he called into an open window of the trailer two times and received no answer. Martin said he yelled into the window a third time and that's when Murr came to the window and without provocation stabbed Martin once in the chest.
Officials said Martin then left the area on his bicycle and rode to the address on El Paso Ave and called 911. Martin was transported to St. Elizabeth's Community Hospital by ambulance and it was later determined he had a collapsed lung due to the 1-inch stab wound to his chest.
Deputies, with the assistance of Corning Police officers, responded to the address on McLane Ave. and spoke with Murr. Officials said he initially denied any contact with Martin but eventually admitted to stabbing Martin with the 17-inch fillet knife. The knife was recovered at the scene.
Deputies spoke with Martin's ex-girlfriend who denied any abuse.
Murr was arrested for attempted homicide and was transported to the Tehama County Jail. Martin's injury was life-threatening but medical staff said he is in stable condition.