Wayne Lowell Courts Jr.

Northern California man accused of stabbing neighbor

A Klamath River, Calif., man is being held without bail at the Siskiyou County Jail on accusations he stabbed his next-door neighbor early Saturday during an argument.

, 27, was arrested on charges of attempted murder and is being held pending arraignment, according to a news release today from the Siskiyou County sheriff's department.

Courts is accused of stabbing Leland Jasper Donahue, 25, several times in the back, head and face during an argument between the two at Donahue's home early Saturday, police said. Donahue was treated for stab wounds at a Yreka hospital.

Sheriff's deputies were called to a home along Highway 96 at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday by Donahue's girlfriend, Karrie Albers, said sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp.

Police say Albers told them Courts and Donahue had been drinking alcohol for several hours and that Courts had stabbed Donahue during an argument.

Police found Court asleep on the ground about 60 feet from Donahue's home, Gravenkamp said, with a rifle next to him and bloody knife underneath him.

— Staff reports

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