PITTSFIELD -- Five Pittsfield men have been indicted in connection with a brawl outside of a North Adams bar last month that left a man with eight stab wounds and a woman with an injury to her face.
Two of the five men were arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court earlier this week, while the others are scheduled to be arraigned next month.
On Monday, Messiah Grandson, 21, of John Street, appeared with attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr., and pleaded not guilty to three felony charges: armed assault with the intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misleading a police officer.
Johnny Nieves, 38, of Burbank Street, pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a single count of misdemeanor assault and battery.
Quintin J. Sumpter, 24, and 19-year-old Steven A. Sumpter, both of John Street, and Brandon Green, 21, of Myrtle Street, who are facing various related charges, are all scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 6.
According to police and prosecutors, in the early morning hours of June 15 afterword were passed between two groups of people in a crowd of about 30 outside the Artery Lounge on Union Street, four of the defendants attacked 41-year-old Derrick Borum of North Adams. They allegedly kicked and punched the man before Grandson stabbed him eight times in the buttocks.
According to Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III, Nieves also struck the man with a beer bottle, which bounced off the his shoulder, hitting 22-year-old Brittany Gresser in the forehead and causing "a massive wound."
Borum was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for his injuries and later released.
Green was also injured during the fight, suffering a stab wound to the leg, according to police. He and Gresser were also treated for their wounds.
Steven Sumpter is charged with assault and battery for allegedly attempting to initiate a second fight with a man who was not injured in the exchange.
On Monday, Agostini ordered Grandson held on $40,000 cash or $400,000 bail bond.
Nieves had his bail reduced from $5,000 cash to $2,500, but remains behind bars. His lawyer, Marc C. Vincelette, argued that the victim's wounds were not caused by his client.
Both Grandson and Nieves are scheduled to be back in court Nov. 6.
The other three defendants are out on bail.