Eudora man charged with attempted murder in reported Lawrence stabbing

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

Maurice A. Atkins, pictured in July 2010

Updated at 9:32 a.m. Tuesday:

A Eudora man was charged Monday in connection with a reported stabbing that left a man with life-threatening injuries on Friday in Lawrence.

Lawrence police arrested Maurice Antonius Atkins, 31, at an apartment in the 700 block of West 25th Street Friday afternoon. Atkins was charged Monday in Douglas County District Court with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery, both felonies, and misdemeanor criminal damage to property.

The complaint filed in Atkins’ case alleges that he hit the man in the head with a sword and damaged a window. Police on Friday told the Journal-World that a woman was also injured but was treated at the scene.

The man had been flown to an area hospital and remained in critical condition as of Friday afternoon. Kim Murphree, a spokeswoman for LPD, said Tuesday morning that the man was in stable condition and his injuries were no longer considered life-threatening.

As of Monday afternoon, Atkins remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on $150,000 cash or surety bond, according to online jail records. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 6, online court records indicate.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office denied the Journal-World’s request for Atkins’ recent booking photo.

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