CROWN POINT — A criminal court judge agreed to reduce the bond for a 37-year-old man charged in a double stabbing case after his wife testified Friday she recently suffered a brain aneurysm.
Craig A. Pearson appeared in custody Friday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney John Cantrell. Cantrell requested Judge Salvador Vasquez reduce the defendant's $100,000 surety bond.
Pearson is charged with two counts of attempted murder, among other offenses, on allegations he repeatedly stabbed two men Aug. 4 at an apartment complex in the 600 block of West Ridge Road in Gary.
Robin Pearson, his wife, testified Friday she suffered a brain aneurysm last month and was caring for the couple's three children without her husband's income. Robin Pearson's hair was shaved and a large scar ran along the right side of her skull.
Robin Pearson said she had been with her husband for 18 years. Craig Pearson worked for a construction company in Hammond, she said, and they lived together in Gary.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Rooda objected to a bond reduction. He said Craig Pearson had previously been charged in Lake Criminal Court in three separate felony cases, though all three cases were dismissed.
He was most recently charged in December 2016 with two counts of strangulation. Those charges were dismissed July 17.
Rooda also argued Pearson was a flight risk due to the strength of the state's case.
Cantrell said Pearson had successfully defended himself in the three prior cases, and intended to do so in this case. He said his client's wife was being cared for at local hospitals, which made it unlikely he would flee.
Cantrell requested his client be released on his own recognizance with GPS monitoring. Vasquez rejected that suggestion, but agreed a bond reduction was appropriate.
He reduced Pearson's surety bond to $50,000.
A new court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5.