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Charges dropped in VFW knife attack
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An attempted murder charge has been dropped against one of the three suspects in the stabbing of a local businessman outside the VFW earlier this month.Original murder conspiracy member Tracy D. Bouldin, 45, of Putnam County had his charge dropped at the request of prosecutors shortly after his bond had been lowered following a bond hearing Thursday. Bouldin is now a free man.He was charged along with local businessman, Jack Redmon, 44, and Brooke Hale, 33, estranged wife of the victim, with the knife attack on Mike Hale, owner of H&H Hale’s Plumbing. The incident happened Aug. 9 in the parking lot of the VFW on Sparta Highway.While District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis would not go into detail about the reason for dropping charges against Bouldin ahead of his Sept. 8 preliminary hearing, it was pointed out by Bouldin’s defense there was little to tie him to the incident other than he had arrived with Redmon.“My client was there on a quasi-peace keeping involvement,” Public Defender John Partin said during the bond hearing.