Woman originally charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a man in Douglas County has her charges reduced
photo by: Shawnee County Adult Detention Center
A woman who was previously facing attempted murder charges in Douglas County had her charges lowered to aggravated battery on Tuesday.
The woman, Dayzunique Ala Nicole Belaire, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was originally charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a man in the neck, according to charging documents. She was also charged with one count of criminal carrying of a dangerous weapon, which is a misdemeanor.
Belaire appeared in court on Tuesday and waived her right to a preliminary hearing on the new lower-level felony aggravated battery charge. Her defense attorney, Branden Smith, requested a modification to her bond in light of the lesser charge.
Judge Amy Hanley reduced Belaire’s $200,000 bond to $50,000 because of the lower charge but said she would not consider changing the bond from a cash bond to an own-recognizance bond unless the court was provided proof that Belaire had a stable place to live while she was waiting for her next court date on Aug. 31.
As previously reported by the Journal-World, Belaire was arrested July 16, after sheriff’s deputies were called around 7:15 a.m. to a reported stabbing at U.S. Highway 40 and East 50 Road. She was allegedly involved in an altercation with another passenger in a vehicle that was traveling in the area of Big Springs west of Lawrence, according to information from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The stabbing resulted in a 24-year-old man being taken to a Topeka hospital for treatment.
After the hearing, Belaire was returned to the Douglas County Jail.