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Attempted Murder Charge

A 44 year old Van Buren County man is facing charges of attempted murder following an incident in Bonaparte earlier this month.

Facing charges is Dimetrious Royal of Bonaparte.  Court records show that Royal reportedly unlawfully and intentionally attempted to cause of the death of John Smith during an altercation at Jet Stop.

Documents shows Royal was armed with an aluminum softball bat during an altercation.  Witnesses say Royal repeatedly struck Smith with the bat while the victim was standing and continued to hit him after he fell to the ground.

Royal is being held on a 100-thousand dollar cash bond, pending a hearing on May 23rd to reduce the bond.