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Duluth man arraigned on attempted second-degree murder charge

A Duluth man was arraigned Thursday on several charges including attempted second-degree murder after being accused of slashing another man's throat with a hatchet after an ongoing argument.

A Duluth man was arraigned Thursday on several charges including attempted second-degree murder after being accused of slashing another man's throat with a hatchet after an ongoing argument.

Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 39, also is charged in State District Court with first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

Humphreys was arrested by Duluth police on a warrant about 1:20 a.m. Thursday at 21st Avenue West and Superior Street.

According to the criminal complaint, the men had been arguing about something Humphreys' girlfriend said.

The victim, 39-year-old Alexander Taylor, sustained a slash wound to his throat that cut muscles in his neck and nicked an artery just before midnight Monday. He was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center.

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One witness told police that Taylor attempted to walk away from the confrontation but she saw Humphreys slash at Taylor's neck, and she saw him fall to the ground three times.

Another witness told police that she saw the two men walk behind a convenience store, and she could hear yelling. She then saw Humphreys' hand in Taylor's neck area and heard Taylor say, "he slit my throat."

The complaint alleges that police found inconsistencies in Humphreys' statements. When confronted with that, the defendant asserted his right to remain silent and requested an attorney.

Duluth police Sgt. Gayle Holton contacted Humphreys' girlfriend, and she gave the officer permission to search a rear room of the residence where Humphreys frequently stays. Holton found a hatchet with a handle approximately a foot long that appeared to fit in a sheath found by another officer on the defendant's motorcycle.

According to court records, Humphreys has prior convictions in Ramsey County for theft, robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 31. Humphreys was being held on $100,000 bail.

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