Accused Stabber Found Competent

Accused Stabber Found Competent Click to Enlarge Photo: Benton County Jail

(KNSI) - A man accused of trying to stab a man to death in St. Cloud during an argument over the fantasy card game is now competent to stand trial.

A judge has ordered the criminal proceedings to continue against 31-year-old Elija Dale Creech.

The St. Cloud man was found mentally ill in November when a judge ruled he was unable to understand the charges against him and couldn’t help in his own defense.

He will be transported from the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center to the Benton County Jail to await trial.

Police say the stabbing occurred during an argument over the card game Magic: The Gathering.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 28th, Creech called 911 and reported that he had stabbed a man in his apartment at 1245 East St. Germain Street.

Investigators say Creech told 911 dispatchers that he stabbed the man in the neck and didn't know how the victim was still alive.

Creech told police that he hit the victim with a rubber mallet then noticed a knife and thought the victim was trying to grab the knife, so he grabbed it first.

The victim was stabbed seven times and suffered a stab wound to the back of his neck, a fractured orbital bone, a cut in-between the eyes, and multiple other cuts to his face.

Paramedics took the 20-year-old victim to St. Cloud Hospital with serious but not life-threatening wounds.

The victim told police that he was sleeping on the floor of Creech's apartment when he was attacked.

Creech is charged with 2nd degree attempted murder and 2nd degree assault with a weapon.

His next court date is May 10th.

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