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Thayer teen-ager to be arraigned in stabbing death

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Staff Writer

WEST PLAINS -- A preliminary hearing for Brett Cotham was held May 21 in Howell County Associate Circuit Court to determine if the Thayer teen-ager could be bound over to Howell County Circuit.

It was determined that Cotham would be bound over for arraignment and the proceedings would be held June 21.

Cotham, 18, is charged in the stabbing death of Robert E. Kolsut, 23, on Dec. 5, 2003.

Howell County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Hutchings called two witnesses to the stand during the hearing, Stephen Ray and Dr. Pete Norton. Ray was at the scene during the stabbing, and Dr. Norton is a forensic pathologist from Nixa, Mo.

Ray testified to the events leading to Kolsut's death, and Norton testified that he performed the autopsy on Kolsut's body. He said he determined the cause of death was due to blood clots that had formed in blood vessels caused by the wound. He said this sent Kolsut into shock and lead to his death.

Bill Perkins, a Thayer lawyer, represented Cotham during the precedings. He called no witnesses.

He told the court Ray's testimony was credible and that Kolsut had meant to harm Cotham, who was defending himself.

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