A Vancouver man allegedly involved in a stabbing and plot to intimidate a witness made a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Monday.
Michael A. Conley, 49, appeared to face allegations of conspiracy to commit first-degree attempted murder, witness tampering and intimidating a witness.
The allegations stem from a Thursday night incident in which a man, identified in court records as Patrick J. Lenhart, was dropped off at a hospital with life-threatening stab wounds. He was reportedly assaulted after being lured to a residence under the pretense of a drug transaction, according to a probable cause affidavit.
However, investigators think the stabbing is connected to threats made against a friend of Lenhart’s who is supposed to testify in an upcoming criminal trial. That alleged victim told police she had been receiving threatening messages and that Conley told her she needed to recant her story about what she had witnessed, the affidavit said.
A staff member at an area hospital called 911 shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday after finding an injured man had been dumped in the driveway of the emergency department. The man, identified as Lenhart, reportedly suffered stab wounds to his head, shoulder and leg. One stab wound damaged an artery in his leg, and he nearly bled to death, court records said.