Frederick Lee Robinson

One man is behind bars while another fights for his life after an altercation in the early morning hours of April 10th in Nixa.

Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek has charged Frederick Lee Robinson, 34, Springfield, with felony assault and armed criminal action after Robinson allegedly stabbed Ryan Jones in the throat over a $50 debt at Jones’ apartment at 1212 Viola in Nixa.

Detective Jason Hartsell writes in the probable cause statement that authorities followed a blood trail from Jones' apartment to the apartment directly above Jones'. There they found Robinson, who visiting a friend, with a cut on his hand. According to court documents detectives recovered a knife, that still had human flesh on it, in a tub of Christmas ornaments in the woman's apartment. The woman told cops that she had never seen the weapon before.

Jones remains in critical condition at a Springfield hospital.

Robinson is being held in the Christian County jail on $100,000 bond.

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