Bond is denied in Black Friday stabbing

Judge cites suspect's long criminal record
Tracey Attaway is charged with stabbing a Marine on Black Friday.

A judge denied bond Friday for a Waynesboro, Ga., man accused of stabbing a Marine who was collecting toy donations outside Best Buy on Nov. 26.


Tracey Antonio Attaway's criminal history, which was read in court by Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine, seemed to influence Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr., who said Attaway was a threat to flee the area and to commit more crimes while out on bond.

"He has a history of criminal activity that is rather lengthy," Mulherin said.

Attaway, 39, was released from jail recently and had started serving a four-year probation sentence when he stabbed Cpl. Phillip Duggan, 24, who stood outside the store on Black Friday, authorities said.

Duggan's fellow Marines and store employees held Attaway until deputies arrived to arrest him on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Attaway had tried to flee the store after he was seen on surveillance videos cutting a Dell laptop computer from its packaging and stuffing it down his pants, according to Paine. Duggan tried to stop Attaway as he ran from the building and was stabbed in the back. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Attaway listened as Paine read a list of crimes he had committed in Burke and Richmond counties, including numerous traffic violations, fleeing from deputies, thefts and obstruction of an officer.

He was convicted of gun and obstruction charges in Burke County on Sept. 8. He had been in jail since May 29 and was given credit for time served by Judge Sheryl Jolly. She sentenced him to four years, eight months of probation plus 100 hours of community service, Paine said.

Attaway's court-appointed attorney said he has lived most of his life in Waynesboro and had attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran before going to Augusta Technical College for a welding degree. He was unemployed when deputies arrested him at Best Buy.

Duggan did not attend the bond hearing but Paine said her office had spoken with him beforehand.

"He indicated to our victims' advocate that he opposes bond," she said.

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