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Somerset man appears in stabbing incident

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Somerset man appears in stabbing incident
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A Somerset man charged with stabbing a man in a rural residence earlier this month has been bound over for trial.

Ryan William Vadnais, 28, appeared from jail for a pre-trial hearing Monday morning, Sept. 26. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated battery and reckless injury in the stabbing of Scott Melvin Germain, 48, the owner of the town of Somerset residence early Sept. 18.

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Vadnais appeared in orange jail apparel, handcuffed and shackled. He has been held on $100,000 cash bail.

Judge Howard W. Cameron found probably cause that a felony had been committed by Vadnais and set an arraignment hearing for Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. Vadnais will plead to the charges then.

During testimony Monday, Germain told the court he was awakened from a sound sleep with somebody on his back. "I got stabbed a few times. I was half asleep," he told prosecutor Frank Collins.

Germain said he suffered multiple stab wounds in the back, a collapsed lung and a surgeon had to operate to remove the knife from his back. He spent three and one-half days in Regions Hospital, and finds it hard to breathe.

Germain told defense attorney Roger Hillstead, of Eau Claire, there was no prior incident or altercation that led up to the incident. "We got along," he said.

Vadnais had been living in the house for about a month and had a relationship with Germain's daughter.

Zachary, Germain's son who also lived in the house, testified that he had known Vadnais for years. He told the court he had just got home not long before the incident and Vadnais was pacing around the house mumbling.

Zachary said he heard his dad yelling and went into his bedroom. "I grabbed Ryan off him. I saw a knife sticking out of dad's back," he said.

Zachary called 911. To keep Vadnais under control, "I eventually hit him in the face with a shotgun," Zachary said.

The criminal complaint said the incident took place about 3 a.m.

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Jon Echternacht
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