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Trial set for Evergreen Park stabbing

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The suspect from the Evergreen Park stabbing case this past September is set to go to trial beginning Jan. 22. 

His final pretrial hearing scheduled for Nov. 19 was continued until Jan. 7, 2019, but the court agreed to move forward with the jury trial at the Jan. 7 hearing. 

Cristian N. Shepperd is facing a Level 3 felony charge of attempted robbery and a Level 5 felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon, according to a probable cause affidavit. 

Police say Shepperd stabbed John Travis Jiles Jr. multiple times in the neck and body on Sept. 10 around 7 p.m. before Jiles Jr. was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in serious condition, according to Huntington Police Department reports. 

According to probable cause affidavits, Jiles said he arrived at the park with Shepperd and walked toward the woods on the trail before Shepperd attacked him from behind with a knife and demanding Jiles Jr. hand over his car keys. 

Police recovered a knife from Shepperd with blood stains and collected blood-stained articles of clothing from Shepperd before taking him to the police annex for questioning, according to police reports. 

Shepperd confirmed that he arrived at the park with Jiles Jr. but said “he did not know what incident had occurred at Evergreen Park,” claiming “he had blacked out until police had arrived on scene and took him into custody,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police say Shepperd and Jiles met at the Huntington County Jail 2016 between April 14 and Aug. 14.

Jiles served time in Huntington County Jail in 2016 for a conversion charge, after police say he attempted to shoplift a bottle of liquor from Walmart. Shepperd previously served time after he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of marijuana and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage. Shepperd’s sentence was increased after he pleaded guilty to a conversion charge in 2015, according to court records.