Adam Mallamo, 19, Lawrence, was charged with attempted second-degree murder and had his first court appearance Thursday. Mallamo is accused of stabbing a homeless man in the chest with a knife, while at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St. Police said the victim, who was staying at the shelter, is recovering at a Kansas City-area hospital.
Judge Peggy Kittel set Mallamo's bond at $500,000. He is to appear in court again at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Dave Melton asked for a $850,000 bond, saying Mallamo is a threat to the community and a flight risk because he has few ties to the Lawrence area.
When asked by Kittel if he had anything to say before she set his bond, Mallamo said, "I do apologize."
If he's convicted of the charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 247 months in prison and a maximum fine of $300,000.
Mallamo had been playing chess at the homeless shelter before the stabbing, LCS director Loring Henderson said, though the victim was not his opponent and the stabbing was not a result of the game.