New Lexington Man Indicted On Charges Related To Stabbing

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A New Lexington man accused of stabbing his ex-wife in Glouster has been indicted on nine felony charges by an Athens County grand jury.

Frederick J. Craig Jr., 52, of North Jackson St., New Lexington, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault, along with one count each of tampering with evidence and domestic violence. All of the charges are felonies except domestic violence which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

The charges against Craig stem from the alleged stabbing of his ex-wife Julie Craig (aka Julie Nott) at her Glouster area residence on March 11.

Craig is accused of stabbing Nott at least three times in the chest and abdomen as well as hiding the knife alleged to have been used the incident. Officials claim Craig put the knife in a bag of dog food so that it could not be discovered, according to the criminal complaints filed. He allegedly tried to take Nott’s ring and money.

Nott survived her wounds.

Bond was set at $100,000 on this case through Athens County Municipal Court on March 12.

In addition to the charges from this case, Craig is being held on $25,000 bond from a case dating back to December 2014. In that case, Craig pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of persistent disorderly conduct involving the same victim as the current case. Craig was sentenced to 30 days in jail on that case, with the sentence being suspended. He is scheduled to appear in Athens County Municipal Court on April 2 for a hearing to show cause to impose the suspended sentence.

Because the municipal court case of domestic violence was pleaded to a lesser offense, the new domestic violence charge remains a misdemeanor. Had he had a previous conviction of domestic violence, the new charge could be levied as a felony.

Craig has been held at Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail since his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Athens County Common Pleas Court on April 1.