NORTH ADAMS -- A city man was arraigned in Superior Court last week on charges connected to a June 2 stabbing in the city.
Mario R. Babbs, 25, of Brook Terrace, pleaded not guilty to charges of armed assault with attempt to murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned in Superior Court on June 25 and awaits hearing by grand jury.
A motion for a dangerousness hearing was filed early in June by Berkshire District Attorney’s office, resulting in the case being moved from Northern Berkshire District Court to Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield.
According to Fred Lantz, spokesman for the district attorney’s office, Babbs is being held at Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. The grand jury trial date has yet to be scheduled.
The stabbing caused life-threatening injuries to Cole Desanty, 27, of North Adams, who later identified Babbs as the suspect. Police obtained evidence by a warrant search of the apartment where Babbs was staying, including blood samples and the knife used to inflict the wounds.
Desanty was initially treated at North Adams Regional Hospital and then transferred to Berkshire Medical Center (BMC).
According to Michael Leary, director of media relations at BMC, no patient under that name is currently at the hospital.
-- Phil Demers