The husband of a Bennington woman who was stabbed while walking to the park with her children said that he was worried that his wife’s attacker could bail out of jail and return to the neighborhood.
A Douglas County Court judge ordered Jason A. Billingsley, 42, held on $500,000 bail on Wednesday. He must pay $50,000 or 10 percent to be released.
Billingsley was charged with second-degree assault and use of a weapon in a felony in connection with the stabbing of Amy Phillips.
Authorities said Amy Phillips was walking with her two sons, ages 3 and 4, Monday afternoon near 153rd and Davidson Streets when Billingsley approached.
He asked for a ride, she declined and he reportedly threatened to harm her 4-year-old son with a pocket knife.
Phillips told investigators that she was stabbed four times in the back by Billingsley after she got between him and her son.
Chris Phillips attended the Wednesday bail hearing. He said his wife was at home recovering from her wounds.
Billingsley was strapped into a chair and heavily guarded during the court proceeding.
He made loud noises as the judge read him his rights. When a County Attorney’s Office representative described the events leading to his arrest, Billingsley yelled “shut up” repeatedly.
Afterward, Chris Phillips expressed dismay that the judge set bail: “I can’t believe he can get back out.”
Chris Phillips said he worried that Billingsley could return to their neighborhood. Billingsley’s address is less than a mile from the area where the Phillips family was attacked.
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