Stabbing suspect pleads not guilty |

Stabbing suspect pleads not guilty

A transient accused of stabbing a man during an argument about beer pleaded not guilty Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Charged with assault with a deadly weapon, Robert L. Eccarius, 50, next appears Thursday for a felony conference. He’s being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on $75,000 bail.

Nevada City police arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder after the Dec. 26 incident at Pioneer Park that left Michael Rudy, 38, of Grass Valley with stab wounds under his left eye and the left side of his torso.

Rudy was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and eventually released.

Police Chief Lou Trovato said Eccarius became enraged at Rudy for leeching beer then attacked him with a folding knife.

Assistant District Attorney Ronald Wolfson said the facts of the case didn’t support an attempted murder charge.

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