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Published July 01, 2011, 08:45 AM

ND man pleads not guilty in Montana stabbing

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — ?A North Dakota man charged with stabbing another man in the back and face during a fight in Red Lodge has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — ?A North Dakota man charged with stabbing another man in the back and face during a fight in Red Lodge has pleaded not guilty to attempted deliberate homicide.

William John Quade, 27, of Fargo, N.D., was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Blair Jones and remained jailed on $250,000 bail, the Billings Gazette reported.

He also pleaded not guilty to carrying a switchblade knife.

Quade's public defender, Greg Paskell, was on vacation and not available for comment on Friday.

Investigators say a Red Lodge police officer responded to a street fight in front of a motel early on June 22 and found Aaron Edmondson, 27, bleeding from numerous wounds. One of the stab wounds punctured Edmondson's lung, causing it to collapse.

Court records show Quade and Edmondson fought after a woman accused Quade of stealing money during a party at Edmondson's residence.

Edmondson told police he asked Quade to put the knife down and leave. The men began fighting. A woman apparently kicked Quade to make him stop. Witnesses say he dropped the knife and ran.

Witnesses told police they thought the man was heading to a motel where he was staying. Court records say video footage from the motel shows Quade returning to his room covered in blood.

Quade was arrested later during a traffic stop. Court records say he was still covered in blood, wearing only a pair of shorts.

Prosecutors said Quade asked if anyone had died and wondered if the knife had been found.

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