Clinton stabbing suspect charged

A 21-year-old Clinton man accused of slashing his friend’s throat and stabbing him twice was released from jail after posting $50,000 bond, according to Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Kamren F. Adams turned himself in to police Monday and appeared in Island County Superior Court the next day.

Prosecutors charged Adams Thursday with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Wallace said Adams was originally arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault because of the serious nature of the victim’s wounds.

He said the prosecutor determined there’s currently only enough probable cause for second-degree assault since investigators don’t have the medical reports yet.

Wallace said the charge can be amended at a later time as more information is gathered.

Wallace initially recommended that Adams be held on $500,000 bail.

The deputy prosecutor recommended $100,000 because it’s currently a second-degree assault case. The judge set his bail at $50,000.

The assault was reported just after midnight, on April 14 at Wilson Place in Clinton.

Detective Wallace wrote in his report on the incident that Adams and the victim, 34-year-old Justin Hilleary, hung out together at a woman’s home. The two men were drinking and got into an argument. Adams punched Hilleary and Hilleary punched him back, the woman later told the detective.

They continued to hang out, but Adams later became angry again and struck Hilleary.

Hilleary pushed him down on a couch and told him to calm down, Wallace wrote.

The three people then drove to the apartment of Adams’ girlfriend at Wilson Place, where they met a third man.

The three young men stood in the parking lot talking when Adams attacked Hilleary, the report states.

Hilleary was cut from below his right ear, across the right side of his throat and down to his chest.

He also suffered a stab wound to his chest and a second stab wound that went completely through his forearm, Wallace wrote.

Adams ran to his girlfriend’s apartment, then left through the back door.

Paramedics transported Hilleary to Providence hospital in Everett, where he was originally in critical condition.

Wallace said he doesn’t know what the men were fighting about or what precipitated the stabbing. He didn’t recover the knife, but witnesses said Adams had a switchblade or gravity knife.

Court records state that Adams, who is unemployed, has a criminal history that includes resisting arrest, DUI, vehicle prowling and fourth-degree assault.


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