BROWNSTOWN — A 62-year-old Seymour man accused of stabbing his brother did so out of fear and anger of being turned out into the cold with no place to go, according to court records.
Robert Lee Cross told police his brother, Melvin Cross, 65, told him Friday that he had to leave Melvin Cross’ home because of his drinking problem, police said.
Jackson Circuit Senior Judge Bill Vance entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of Robert Cross during his initial hearing Wednesday. Vance set a trial date for June 18.
Cross faces one count of attempted murder, a Class A felony, and two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing of his brother at the elder Cross’ home in the 7500 block of U.S. 31 North.
Robert Cross told police he drank a bottle of vodka after being told he had to leave his brother’s home and then decided to stab his brother so he would have somewhere to stay — jail, according to court records.
Robert Cross, who told police he had been living with his brother since early December, said he did not want to kill his brother, however.
Melvin Cross told police he was sitting in his recliner in the den watching television when Robert Cross walked into the room and stood between him and the television, according to court records.
Melvin Cross said his brother, who had a large knife, then said that “this was going to be the worst day ever,” police said.
Melvin Cross then stood up just before his brother stabbed him in the chest and stomach, police said.
After the stabbing, Melvin Cross walked from his home to the nearby apartment of another brother, who then drove him to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. He was treated in the emergency room before being flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, police said.
Melvin Cross was listed in good condition Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, a hospital spokesman said.
Robert Cross was being held Wednesday at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. Vance set bond at $100,000.
Jackson Circuit Judge Rick Poynter recused himself from presiding over the case because of an earlier case in which Poynter prosecuted Robert Cross.